AUBURN — A man charged with attempted murder in a January stabbing pleaded not guilty to that and related charges earlier this week.

Cory Hayden, 30, of Massachusetts pleaded not guilty Thursday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to attempted murder, a Class A felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. That charge stems from a Jan. 15 incident during which he stabbed the father of his girlfriend’s children in an ambush in Auburn, police said.

He also pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, both felonies, and falsifying physical evidence, a misdemeanor, in connection with that stabbing.

Less than a week later, Hayden was involved in an altercation while being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn. He was charged with two felonies, including aggravated assault and five misdemeanors stemming from that fight, according to a grand jury indictment.

On Thursday, Hayden pleaded not guilty to those charges at his arraignment.

In response to a motion to revoke his bail, Hayden denied he violated bail conditions.

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He is being held without bail pending a hearing on that motion.

Police wrote in reports that Hayden stabbed Frederick Williams, 40, of Auburn at his home shortly before midnight on Jan. 15.

Williams was stabbed three times, including his left shoulder blade and close to his rib cage. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he was treated and released.

Hayden had been dating the mother of Williams’ children. During that time, Williams had been dating a different woman who called police to report the stabbing.

A third woman known to both men had asked Williams and his girlfriend if she could stay the night with them because she was homeless. They told her she could.

She arrived at their home in a car, parked in front. She asked Williams to retrieve something from the trunk of her car. When he went to the rear of her car, Hayden moved toward Williams, told him he was going to kill him and began to stab him, according to a police affidavit.

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Hayden and the homeless woman sped from the scene in the car she had driven to Williams’ home.

Williams told police that Hayden had “severely beaten” his girlfriend who was the mother of Williams’ children. Williams had helped her through the aftermath and Hayden hadn’t liked that, he told police.

Hayden underwent mental evaluations for competency to stand trial as well as to gauge his criminal responsibility at the time of the alleged conduct.

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Corey Hayden (Sun Journal file photo)


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