Chattanooga man charged with attempted 2nd degree murder

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A fight between two men sends one person to the hospital in critical condition and another to jail to face attempted murder charges.

According to the arrest affidavit, Phillip Trewhitt, 27, of Chattanooga stabbed Michael Cavitt, 26, also of Chattanooga.

It happened Friday on the 100 block of Jamestown Road.

Trewhitt told police he was at a Cavitt’s home when the two men got into an argument over Trewhitt’s use of Cavitt’s telephone. Trewhitt said the argument turned into a fight when Cavitt began to hit him. Trewhitt told police he grabbed a knife from Cavitt’s kitchen counter and stabbed Cavitt to defend himself.

According to the affidavit, Trewhitt left the scene after thinking Cavitt’s girlfriend was on her way to the house.

Police tracked Trewhitt down near his last known address which was the 9000 block of Waconda Road.

Cavitt was taken to Erlanger Hospital where he had to undergo emergency surgery after being stabbed in the neck and slashed in the head.

Due to the severity of the injures, Trewhitt was charged with attempted second degree murder.

His bond was set at $250,000 and his next court date is June 23.

Trewhitt was already on probation for another criminal conviction.

Back in 2009, he was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder. The case was bound over from Sessions Court to Criminal Court where it was eventually dropped. 

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