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Lexington man charged in Deerfield violent assault

A Lexington man was still in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his stepbrother, even though he had successfully got his bail set far lower than prosecutors wanted.

David Whaland, 32, of 14 Sunny Knoll Terrance in Lexington, has been charged with attempted murder, five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault to maim, two counts of assault and battery and one count of malicious damage to a motor vehicle, according to the court documents.

Police arrested Whaland Monday after he allegedly attacked his foster brother and ex-girlfriend with a 2-by-4 at home in Old Deerfield, causing the male victim to be sent to the hospital, court records say.

Whaland was in Greenfield District Court on Friday morning, where prosecutors asked bail be set at $100,000 cash, citing a long, violent criminal history and an active warrant from Lowell District Court. Whaland’s attorney, however, argued the incident was a case of self defense.

Whaland’s bail was set at $1,000 cash plus $10,000 surety. He was ordered to refrain from contact with the alleged victims and must stay away from their Turners Falls apartment. He was still in the county jail Friday evening.

The charges stem from an incident that police say began at 1:50 a.m., on Aug. 9, when Whaland was at Main Street Bar and Grille in Greenfield with his foster brother, Christopher Chicoine, 33, of 140 L St. Apt. B, Turners Falls, and Chicoine’s girlfriend, Lindsay Wan, 27, of the same address and a third male. Wan is also Whaland’s ex-girlfriend.

At the bar, Whaland got into an argument with a staff member. When Chicoine tried to de-escalate the situation, Whaland turned to him and punched him in the nose, police allege. The two men began scuffling on the ground and Whaland bit Chicoine in the left biceps, the police report said.

After the fight, Chicoine went to 6 Keets Road with his girlfriend to drop the third male off at his home.

According to police, Whaland followed them to Keets Road, where, after an argument over an MP3 player with Wan, he grabbed a piece of lumber and hit Wan on her left wrist after lunging toward her. When he went to strike Wan a second time, Chicoine stepped in the way and Whaland subsequently smashed him with the wood and attempted to gouge his eyes out with his thumbs, the police report said. Police allege Whaland also smashed the windshield of Wan’s car and dented the hood.

Chicoine was later taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where police observed marked bruises across his body, cuts and swollen eyes.

A bind-over hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24, when it will be determined whether the case should be turned over to Superior Court.

On Aug. 10, Deerfield Police were issued an arrest warrant for Whaland, who turned himself in on Monday.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268 On Twitter, follow @RecorderKatMcK

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