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ALL NEW: Former Public Defender Charged With Attempted Murder

, Posted: Fri, May 25 2012 at 8:10 AM, Updated: Fri, May 25 2012 at 8:16 AM

A former Siskiyou County Public Defender is behind bars.

Yreka Police were called out to a report of a stabbing on the 300 block of Evergreen Lane just after 1 am, Thursday.

Police say the victim was severely bleeding from his back.

He was transported to Fairchild Medical Center and as of Friday morning is in serious condition.

45 year-old Patience Van Zandt now sits at the Siskiyou County jail and is charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.

The investigation will continue Friday.

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