OTTAWA — A final pre-trial hearing was held Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court for a Delphos man charged with felonious assault and attempted murder.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 6 for Jonathon Scott Welker, 45, who police and prosecutors say stabbed his drinking buddy two days after Christmas last year.
Welker and the alleged victim in the case have given investigators widely varying stories about the events of Dec. 27, 2019. According to court documents, Jonathon Hogdson called Putnam County 911 dispatch that night and said he had been stabbed and was being transported to a Lima hospital by a friend. That friend was later identified as Welker.
Court records show Hogdson suffered a large horizontal laceration across his abdomen so substantial that his internal organs were exposed. He told investigators that Welker had inflicted the injuries.
Hogdson underwent emergency surgery following his arrival at the hospital. He later told Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Dietrich that he and Welker had been at Wibby’s Bar in Kalida and were driving back to Delphos when they had an argument. Hogdson said he stopped along a county road and told Welker to exit the car. A physical altercation ensued and the stabbing then occurred, Hogdson told investigators.
Welker, however, had a different version of the events that evening. According to court documents the Delphos man said after the duo left the Kalida bar that Hogdson said he was going to stop at a friend’s house and get some cocaine. Welker said that he was dropped off at a bridge some two miles from the alleged location where the drugs were to be picked up.
Welker said Hogdson was bleeding from the abdomen when he returned a short time later. Welker said he drove the injured man to the hospital.
Welker, who earlier had been ordered held on $100,000 bond pending trial, left the Putnam County jail after posting 10% of that bond amount on April 20.