LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Thirty-nine-year-old James Cobb Hutto, III of Jasper, Alabama appeared before Lee County District Court Judge Mike Nix Monday morning for a 48/72-hour probable cause hearing.
Hutto is charged with attempted murder and robbery in the first degree in connection with the Friday, September 17th stabbing of 56-year-old Mark Ambers Cox of Opelika, AL. [Click here to read our previous story. ]
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Department, a 911 call came in for an assault that took place in a wooded area in the 5300 block of Highway 29 North.
Upon arrival, police found Cox stabbed in the neck with several cuts to his head and face. Cox told police he and Hutto met to discuss the purchasing of property.
A lookout for Hutto's vehicle was issued and after a chase, the Lee County Sheriff's Department and the Auburn Police Department were able to take Hutto into custody just east of Alabama Highway 51 and US Highway 80.
Clinton Mississippi police suspect that Hutto may be involved in the disappearance of an 81-year-old female resident of their city who has been reported missing along with her vehicle. She was last seen last Monday night on September 13th.
Also, Birmingham police suspect that Hutto may be involved in the death of a Birmingham woman who was discovered at her home on Thursday morning and is a relative of Hutto.
Lee County authorities have charged Hutto with one count of attempted murder and one count of robbery in the first-degree with $125,000 bond on each count.
He is being held in the Lee County Detention Facility. According to Sheriff Jay Jones, Lee County has not received word of any charges pending in Mississippi.
At last check, the stabbing victim Mark Cox is in the intensive care unit in UAB hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.