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Man arrested for attempted murder in weekend stabbing

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - One man is charged with attempted second degree murder after deputies say he stabbed a man in the throat, according to an affidavit of complaint.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies found Michael Cavitt, 26, with a cloth wrapped around his neck with blood covering his face and head. Cavitt told deputies Phillip Trewhitt, 27, stabbed him before running away.

Cavitt said he allowed Trewhitt to stay at his home for the night when the suspect reportedly attacked him with a knife.

The two had been life-long friends, according to the victim.

Cavitt was taken to to the hospital where he underwent surgery shortly after the incident.  A condition report was not available Monday morning.

Deputies found Trewhitt at his last known address on Waconda Road where they found a small pocket knife in his shorts pocket.

Trewhitt initially refused to speak with investigators but soon told his side of the story. He said the two began fighting and that he grabbed a knife from Cavitt’s kitchen counter to defend himself, according to the affidavit.

Trewhitt has a criminal history in Hamilton County.

In 2009, he was arrested on charges of attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault. Authorities say Trewhitt became agitated during a drug deal and stabbed the man from whom he was buying. The attempted murder charge was dismissed and Trewhitt plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault. He received a suspended four year sentence.

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He also pleaded guilty to domestic assault and disorderly conduct in 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Trewhitt is now being held on a $250,000 bond. He is expected to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck June 23.

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