Public Safety

Trial set for Marion man charged in motel stabbing

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion man accused of stabbing a man at a motel last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Linn County District Court.

Taaun Jackson, 42, was charged with one count each of attempted murder, first-degree burglary and willful injury resulting in a serious injury. He is accused of stabbing Shannon Coleman, 46, in the neck Oct. 30 at the Marion Motel, 2330 Seventh Ave., according to a criminal complaint.

Jackson remains in jail on a $300,000 bond. His trial is set for Jan. 28.

Coleman told police Jackson broke into his motel room and stabbed him, the complaint shows. Officers responded to the motel just before 7 p.m. and found Coleman in the lobby area.

Police later found Jackson, who had a knife and admitted to having a fight with Coleman.

Police said the two men are acquaintances who got into an argument, which ultimately led to the stabbing.

Coleman was taken to a hospital for emergency treatment, the complaint shows.

Jackson has an outstanding warrant from Hennepin County in Minnesota for domestic assault by strangulation. Jackson previously waived extradition back to Minnesota, but he will remain in Linn County pending the outcome in the Marion case.

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