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August 24, 2010

Salem stabbing suspect remains in jail

SALEM — A Lawrence man accused of stabbing his brother and nephew Thursday was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail yesterday on charges of attempted murder and assault.

Jeffrey Sullivan, 49, of 42 Congress St. in Lawrence, did not have to enter a plea yesterday during his video arraignment in Salem District Court because he is charged with felonies. He appeared on camera from the Rockingham County jail, where he was being held on $100,000 cash bail.

Salem police prosecutor Robert Prince asked Judge John Korbey to maintain that bail "given the serious nature of these offenses." Korbey agreed.

Sullivan is accused of stabbing his nephew, Michael Sullivan, 21, in the chest, causing life-threatening injuries, and stabbing his brother, Scott Sullivan, 48, in the arm during a fight outside his brother's 84 Bridge St. home Thursday night.

Scott Sullivan said his brother came to Salem to confront him over a disagreement on family estate matters, according to an affidavit filed by police.

Scott Sullivan told his brother to leave his property, he told police, but went outside a moment later to see Jeffrey Sullivan puncture the tire on a Jeep owned by Michael Sullivan's girlfriend. That's when the trio began fighting and Sullivan stabbed his family members, according to police.

Officers found Scott Sullivan outside and his son inside, bleeding heavily on the living room couch. Jeffrey Sullivan had fled, but the knife allegedly used in the attack had been brought inside and placed on the kitchen table.

Police found Jeffrey Sullivan a short time later driving south on Route 28. He was stopped by Methuen police just over the state line.

Friday, Jeffrey Sullivan pleaded not guilty to charges of being a fugitive from justice from a bed at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He was taken there because he had several broken ribs.

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