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Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Spitting At Cops Jailed Again

April 30, 1986

FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ A man accused of attempted murder after spitting on police officers and saying he would infect them with AIDS had a hearing on the charge postponed Tuesday, but he remained jailed on an arrest in a domestic dispute.

The hearing for John C. Richards, 28, was continued until May 27 because the results of saliva tests taken to determine whether he has AIDS, as he claimed during his December arrest, had not been received.

Richards, who was arrested again Saturday, remained held on bond for assault charges filed in the dispute that day. Some jail guards wore surgical masks, smocks and gloves while booking Richards, said Undersheriff Art Evans.

Richards, who was first arrested after a traffic accident, told authorities he suffered from acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and spit in the faces of officers when he was arrested and at the County Jail.

Sgt. Curtis Caterer, one of two officers who took Richards to the jail’s detention area, said Richards screamed ″I have AIDS″ and ″You’re all dead″ after spitting at police.

Later, officials said Richards was exposed to the AIDS virus but does not have the deadly disease.

Richards, who had been free on $10,000 recognizance bond, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

In the domestic dispute, Richards was charged with two counts of felonious assault, and one count each of assault and battery and resisting arrest, Genesee County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Dennis Lazar. He gave no details about the dispute.

Richards, of Davison, was being held on $5,000 cash bonds on each of the first two counts and $400 cash bonds on the second two counts, Lazar said.

He could be sentenced to up to 10 years and three months in jail if convicted on all four counts, said Lazar.

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