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Man who attacked friend with corkscrew indicted

Michael Highsmith

Michael Highsmith

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Updated: June 5, 2013 6:05AM

The Wisconsin man accused of attacking his friend with a knife to steal his jewelry was indicted before a grand jury on attempted murder charges.

Michael Highsmith, 24, of Milwaukee, Wis., was indicted Wednesday, May 1, for attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed robbery.

He is accused of attacking his friend and then leaving the Wisconsin man bleeding on Crawford Road, just south of Route 173 in unincorporated Newport Township, about 5 miles west of Antioch on April 7. Police said Highsmith used a corkscrew bottle opener with a 1-inch knife to execute the attack.

The victim, who Highsmith said he knew for more than four years, suffered a cut throat, bleeding on the brain, slashed eyelids, cut wrists, a disclosed shoulder and broken tibia and fibia, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies saw Highsmith attempting to drive away from the scene and arrested him. Police found a the victim’s wallet in Highsmith’s vehicle.

Highsmith told police he attacked his friend to steal his jewelry. Police said he was found with a gold ring and that the victim’s gold necklace had been pulled from his neck at the scene.

Highsmith is being held at the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond and is due for arraignment May 9.

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