David Doyle of Northampton pleads not guilty to charges he stabbed, tried to burn wife in July incident
NORTHAMPTON — A 61-year-old Northampton man denied charges Tuesday that he stabbed his wife in the stomach and tried to prevent her from leaving Meadowbrook Apartments after he attempted to set the carpet on fire.
David A. Doyle of 491 Bridge Road pleaded not guilty before Hampshire Superior Court Judge Daniel Ford to charges of assault with intent to murder, arson of a dwelling, kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Doyle, represented by attorney Jonah Goldsmith, had been held without bail since his arrest July 17, when police were summoned to the apartment complex by a woman saying her husband was attacking her.
Doyle was evaluated at Bridgewater State Hospital and found competent to be present at his arraignment, Goldsmith said.
Ford set Doyle’s bail at $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety. Should he post bail, Doyle will have to submit to GPS monitoring, stay away from and have no contact with his wife, take prescribed medication, avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random screenings.
According to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jeremy Bucci, who is prosecuting the case, Doyle has an extensive criminal record, with 15 convictions for crimes including attempted armed robbery, assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, violating an abuse-prevention order and drunken driving.
According to court records, police were dispatched to Doyle’s home around 2:05 a.m. for a report of a stabbing. Police interviewed a woman who said she awoke to find Doyle trying to light a bedroom carpet on fire. The woman said Doyle prevented her from leaving the apartment by blocking the door, trapping her inside with the flames.
When she forced the door open and left the room, Doyle allegedly stabbed her in the abdomen with a 4- to 5-inch steak knife.
Doyle allegedly began cutting his own arms with a knife saying, “I just want to die,” while the woman called 911.
According to police, the woman told them that Doyle is schizophrenic and is in “constant pain” from fibromyalgia and diabetes and cannot take pain medication after damaging his liver from an overdose of acetaminophen.
According to court documents, all Doyle said while holding the door shut was, “Why did you try to hurt me?”
A pre-trial hearing in the case was set for Jan. 15, 2013.