Wednesday July 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man who was released from custody last week on assault to murder and other charges was briefly reincarcerated on Monday following a Superior Court hearing in which his bail was upped from $1,000 cash to $5,000 cash bail.

Mario Babbs, 25, made bail on Tuesday and is again free pending the outcome of his case. He has pleaded not guilty to single counts of assault with the intent to murder and armed assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Babbs is accused of stabbing 27-year-old Cole DeSanty with a steak knife in Babbs' Brook Terrace apartment during an argument over a lost wallet on June 2.

DeSanty suffered life-threatening wounds, according to police, including a punctured left lung and internal bleeding.

DeSanty has since been released from Berkshire Medical Center.

Babbs had been held as a dangerous person since a June 8 hearing in Northern Berkshire District Court and was ordered held for up to three months without the right to bail. But after he was indicted by a Berkshire grand jury, Babbs' case was transferred to Berkshire Superior Court and the District Court case was dismissed. Babbs was released from custody July 3 after posting $1,000 bail.

Assistant District Attorney Marianne Shelvey argued during a Superior Court hearing last Friday that Babbs' release was in error and that everyone, including the defendant, believed he would be held until September.

Shelvey was granted a new bail hearing for Monday, at which time Judge John A.


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Agostini ordered the higher bail.

Babbs' attorney, Spring field-based Terrence M. Dunphy, told The Eagle on Tuesday he wouldn't comment on the case since he has yet to see any evidence from the prosecution.

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