MASON CITY | A man accused of stabbing a Mason City resident in the chest earlier this week has now made his first court appearance.
Braedon Steven Bowers, 20, appeared late Thursday morning via videoconference before Cerro Gordo County Magistrate Rolf Aronsen.
Aronsen explained to Bowers he was charged with attempted murder, a felony, for the alleged incident Tuesday afternoon on West State Street.
Police say Bowers, of Mason City, stabbed Wraymond Todd in the chest about 3:30 p.m. Another man was cut, but was not transported to the hospital.
Todd was hospitalized in critical condition.
A hospital official said Thursday evening she had no information to release about Todd.
As is common for an initial appearance, Thursday's videoconferenced court hearing involved Bowers speaking to a camera in conference room at the Cerro Gordo County Jail and Aronsen sitting at a desk in the law library at the county courthouse in Mason City.
Aronsen instructed Bowers to fill out a form requesting a court-appointed attorney. A jail official standing next to Bowers handed him the sheet of paper.
Bowers, who was wearing a black and white striped jail uniform, stood quietly for most of the hearing, hands cuffed in front of him.
He had a question about a court document mentioned by the judge, as well as about his detention at the Cerro Gordo County Jail.
"I was just wondering why I'm being in isolation," Bowers asked.
"I'm not the jailer, but you could ask the jailer regarding your status," Aronsen replied. "They may or may not answer, but that would also be a question for you to ask your attorney."
Police say Bowers and Todd knew each other, but haven't released details of that relationship or said what they think motivated the incident.
Bowers, who fled the scene, was found about 24 hours later.
He will be held on $50,000 bond pending his next court hearing on June 9.