Accused Schnucks stabber appears in court

Elartrice Ingram (Courtesy: Memphis Police Department)
Elartrice Ingram (Courtesy: Memphis Police Department)

The man accused of stabbing his co-workers at a Mid-South grocery store appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Elartrice Ingram is charged with stabbing eight of his co-workers and trying to stab another. The attacks happened last Friday at the Schnucks location on Highway 64.

William Massey, Ingram's attorney, said outside court Tuesday that the motive in the attacks is unclear.  Ingram was in his second summer working at the store.  "He's a kid who's never been in trouble in his life," Massey said, "and never been a problem to his family in his life."

Ingram's family stood outside the courtroom during his appearance.  While they would not speak to the media, they released a statement saying in part, "We regret very deeply that this tragedy has happened.  Our son has always been a mannerable and respectful young man among his family, friends, and associates."

The judge set bond for Ingram at $1 million. Massey didn't expect Ingram to post bond. "They do want him home, but I think there's concerns with the judge and the defense and family and from everyone as to Mr. Ingram's well being," he said.

Ingram is expected to undergo a mental exam before his next court appearance, scheduled for August 22.