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Lawyer: “psychiatric defense” planned for Watertown man accused of stabbing

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WATERTOWN — An attorney representing a city man accused of trying to kill his live-in girlfriend by stabbing her said Tuesday he intends to employ a “psychiatric defense” in the case.

Seth B. Buchman, Three Mile Bay, has filed a motion with Jefferson County Court claiming that “extreme emotional distress” led Jarvis G. Parson to stab Stephanie S. Campbell on Sept. 29 at a residence they shared at 111 Meadow Ave. Mr. Buchman said he intends to argue that “long-term problems in the relationship” contributed to the incident.

Mr. Parson, 53, has been indicted on counts of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, aggravated criminal contempt and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. It is alleged that he used a kitchen knife to stab Ms. Campbell, causing puncture wounds and cuts to her abdomen, neck and arms.

Police said at the time of the incident that Mr. Parson stabbed Ms. Campbell at their residence and then chased her near the intersection of Meadow Avenue and South Meadow Street. At the time, there was a City Court order of protection issued against him on behalf of Ms. Campbell.

In other court activity:

Jason W. Meeker, 37, whose last known address was 411 S. Mechanic St., Carthage, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 18 to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he tried to enter the Winslow Street apartment of Thomas J. Sweredoski with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of Mr. Meeker’s arrest that he tried to steal a wallet and money belonging to Mr. Sweredoski.

Scott A. Casario, 46, whose last known address was 661 Factory St., Apt. 12, was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty Feb. 18 to second-degree criminal contempt.

He admitted that he violated an order of protection held by Andrea L. Cain, Sackets Harbor, by being in her presence Dec. 9 in Watertown.

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