The case against a Keavy man accused of slashing a woman with a pocket knife will be presented to a Laurel County Grand Jury.

Brian L. Moore, 28, who is charged with second-degree assault, was in Laurel District court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Les Moses, the arresting officer in the case, testified that on Oct. 29, he responded to a complaint of a stabbing. Moses initially went to Rooks Branch Road, where he found Jessica Vaughn bleeding from what he described as a large laceration on her right forearm.

Moses said his investigation determined that Moore and Vaughn had been arguing outside his home on Paris Karr Road. When Vaughn tried to leave in her vehicle, Moore reportedly took a bat and tried to break the windshield of her vehicle. Vaughn then tried to bump Moore with her vehicle.

Reacting to that, Moses said Moore pulled out the knife and slashed Vaughn. Vaughn fled the scene, going to her parents’ home on Rooks Branch Road.

Moses returned to Moore’s home where he spoke with Moore, who denied stabbing Vaughn. The knife, which Moore’s girlfriend had, was recovered. Moses said the knife had what appeared to be dried blood on it. A sample has been sent to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Following Moses’ testimony, Moore’s attorney, Chris Miniard, argued that the facts did not meet the standards for second-degree assault, including serious physical injury and a dangerous instrument.

District Court Judge John Chappell disagreed, ordering the case be presented to a grand jury. The grand jury is scheduled to hear testimony Nov. 17 and will return indictments Nov. 21.

Moore remains in the Laurel County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Staff writer Dean Manning may be reached at dmanning@sentinel-echo.com.

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