Bond set for man accused in MARTA stabbing

A Fulton County judge ruled Thursday that the man charged with a stabbing at a MARTA rail station needs to make a $40,000 bond to get out of jail and then is prohibited from using the transit service.

Magistrate Jessy Lall also imposed a 24-hour curfew on Contravious Burson, 22, of Atlanta, if he succeeds in making the bond, said Tracy Flanagan of the sheriff’s office.

The curfew means Burson must remain confined at home but may leave for religious purposes, court, mediation and medical reasons, Flanagan said.

The magistrate amended the charge of aggravated assault to aggravated battery and imposed a $25,000 bond and put a $15,000 bond on the charge of possession of a knife during a felony.

A witness told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man was stabbed in the abdomen shortly before the North Avenue station opened. The witness said the stabbing erupted when the two men were walking to the train station. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A preliminary hearing for Burson is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in courtroom 8C at the Fulton County Superior Court, Flanagan said.