GREAT FALLS — An elderly man whose throat was slit in Black Eagle on Thursday remains hospitalized at Benefis Health System, and friends are rallying to support him.
The man's name is Clyde Wall, and his son Anthony Kevin Wall made his initial court appearance in Great Falls on Friday, facing a charge of attempted deliberate homicide.
Catherine Ain Jaoui has created a GoFundMe account to raise money to help Clyde with medical and other expenses associated with his treatment and recovery. Catherine explained that Clyde is a very dear friend to many in the community of Great Falls. The GoFundMe page reads, in part:
"He has been a resident and a business owner here for years, running the Campus Barber Shop with passion and a loving touch to rival anyplace else, even into his 70s. As of the evening of the 27th, he is still in the ICU, and we have no idea when he will be able to return home. A tragedy like this puts so much strain on not only the victim, but his family, both emotionally and financially. We would like to ease some of that ache, and though we cannot heal broken hearts, we hope to at least make a dent in the mounting hospital bills and rent for the Barber Shop. It's the least we could do for such a loved member of our community, especially during the holiday season."
When Anthony Wall made his court appearance on Friday, a prosecutor said of Anthony, "While he does not have any felony history, his misdemeanor history includes domestic violence, and domestic violence against the same victim in this case."
There is no mention in court documents of any possible motive for the incident, which happened at the Wall house on 15th Street in Black Eagle.
As of Friday, Clyde was listed as being in critical condition at Benefis.