PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man accused of stabbing a friend during an argument in 2012 is back in custody on $20,000 bail after failing to appear for a court hearing last month.

Mario R. Babbs, 27, is accused of stabbing Cole DeSanty with a steak knife on June 2, 2012, in Babbs' Brook Terrace apartment. Police say the defendant stabbed DeSanty multiple times during an argument over a lost wallet.

DeSanty, who was 27 at the time, suffered life-threatening wounds, including a punctured left lung and internal bleeding, according to police.

Babbs has pleaded not guilty felony charges of assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

While out on $5,000 cash bail Babbs failed to show up for a hearing in Berkshire Superior Court on March 28 and a warrant was issued for him.

According to his lawyer, Springfield- based Terrence M. Dunphy, he was unable to reach him and was told by Babbs' mother and former-girlfriend they didn't know where he was.

"He didn't maintain contact with me," Dunphy told the court on Tuesday.

Babbs was arrested in Northampton and held at the Hampshire County Jail & House of Correction before being returned to Berkshire County.

It was unclear under what circumstances he was picked up.

On Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court, First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello told Judge Daniel A. Ford that Dunphy had agreed to $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail for his client.

The defense attorney can ask for a bail hearing at a later date.

Caccaviello has asked that Babbs' original $5,000 bail be forfeited. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for May 8.

Babbs' trial is set for July.

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