Bond reduced in Commerce stabbing case

Commerce – Bond has been reduced in a Commerce stabbing case.

Jeffrey Lewis Atherly, in jail for six months in connection with a stabbing case in the city last year, is to be freed after his bond was reduced Monday. Atherly has been charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Reports show officers with the Commerce Police Department were dispatched to an apartment in the 1400 block of West Neal in Sept., 2008 and discovered a female victim lying unconscious. Atherly was later discovered in a residence not far away and the knife allegedly used in the stabbing was recovered.

Atherly was originally jailed on $100,000 bond, which was then reduced to $50,000 cash or surety. On Monday, a judge agreed to reduce Atherly's bond from $50,000 cash or surety to $50,000 personal recognizance.