Suspect in stabbings may face two counts
 of attempted murder

An Orchard Mesa man is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing two other men Saturday night.

John Merell Siviter, 62, was booked into the Mesa County Jail Saturday night on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of felony menacing following the stabbing in the 2700 block of Unaweep Avenue.

Grand Junction police said they were called to the address at 11:21 p.m. Saturday on a report of an assault in progress.

Officers found two men with stab wounds to their torsos, as well as another man, later identified as Siviter. When officers put Siviter in handcuffs, he began to yell, an arrest affidavit said.

“John (Siviter) was yelling at the two males with stab wounds to their torsos lying on the ground,” an officer wrote in the report. “John was shouting profanities at the males, stating, ‘Are you dead yet?’ and that he hoped they would die by morning.”

While they were detaining him, police found an empty knife sheath in Siviter’s waistband that matched the brand and shape of one of the two knives found at the scene.

Siviter was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared. During a later interview with police, he said he was trying to “kill everyone” because they were running their mouths.

“John was unrepentant and stated that he would kill me as well if given the opportunity,” the officer wrote.

Both victims told police that Siviter retrieved a knife during the argument and attacked one of the men. Both men were stabbed when the second victim tried to intervene. Siviter then retrieved an additional knife and made threats to get a gun, according to police.

Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Siviter appeared while seated in a wheelchair before Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum on Monday afternoon to be advised of the charges and potential penalties, which included up to 48 years in prison on each attempted murder charge.

Mesa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand asked Raaum to order Siviter held on a $100,000 cash-only bond because of the serious charges.

Public Defender Brian Johnson said he would reserve bond argument for Siviter’s next court date, and Raaum ordered a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Siviter is due to appear before Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn at 8:30 a.m. June 30.


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