Man Who Used Meat Thermometer in Movie Stabbing to Stand Trial

It started with a showing of "Shutter Island" and ended with a real life attempted murder charge.

A 39-year-old Lancaster man accused of stabbing another moviegoer with a meat thermometer during a screening of the horror film was ordered Friday to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges.

Lancaster Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes found sufficient evidence to require Landry Boullard to proceed to trial on one count each of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Boullard is accused of stabbing the victim in the neck with a meat thermometer after the victim asked a female companion of the suspect to stop talking on her cell phone at the Cinemark 22 in Lancaster on Feb. 27. Two other moviegoers who intervened suffered minor injuries.

The victim, who was in a coma for several days after the attack, is now blind in his right eye and was hospitalized for 40 days, according to testimony presented during Boullard's preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors said Boullard has four previous felony convictions in Los Angeles County: for robbery in 1990, for drug sales in 1995, and twice -- in 2000 and 2007 -- for being a felon found in possession of a firearm.

Boullard was identified through an anonymous tip and arrested last month, authorities said.

He is due back in court for arraignment May 3.

If convicted as charged, Boullard could face life in prison.
 

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