The suspect in a Bennington stabbing appeared in court for the first time Wednesday morning. Bond for Jason Billingsley was set at 10 percent of $500,000.
Billingsley was wheeled into the courtroom restrained in a wheelchair, with three deputies surrounding him. Billingsley shouted nonsense the entire time the judge read him his rights.
He’s charged with second-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony. When asked if he understood his rights, Billingsley hesitated and said, “Do not understand.”
The judge appointed a public defender. Billingsley will be back in court on July 2nd for a preliminary hearing.
The evidence presented in court showed that on Monday Billingsley was in the Bennington area and approached Amy Phillips as she walked with her two sons. He was asking people for rides.
Phillips was with her 3 and 4-year-old sons when Billingsley allegedly straddled the 3-year-old’s bike and said, “You’re going to give me a ride or I’ll kill him.” He then made a motion across her son’s throat.
Phillips grabbed her sons and turned to walked away. As she did, Billingsley allegedly stabbed her in the back four times. He was found a short time later with a pocket knife and a razor blade.
Chris Phillips, Amy's husband, was in court for the arraignment and said he had hoped for no bond. He was nervous that a bond was set because his only concern is protecting his family and he’s afraid Billingsley would come back to the neighborhood.
Chris said he felt nauseated by the whole situation. He did say Amy is doing okay.
The brother of Billingsley was also in court. As he left he said, “I have no comment.”