Shane Childress, 37, appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Tuesday charged with three felonies, including attempted deliberate homicide, after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the head with a knife.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst explained the request for $250,000 bail.

"We are asking the court to set bail in the amount of $250,000," Pabst said. "There are three reasons why we ask for bail, first that the individual poses a threat to society which is evident by the charges. He is a definite flight risk, as he has no ties to the community. In addition, there's a risk of either destruction of evidence or tampering with witnesses, which is another one of the charges."

Pabst also apprised the judge of Childress' extensive criminal record.

"Mr. Childress is a persistent felony offender," she said. "He is currently out on bail in Butte-Silver Bow County for a drug charge that involved exposure of methamphetamine to his young children. In that instance, he posted a substantial bond, and so these crimes in Missoula were committed after he already posted a substantial bond. So, the $250,000 bail is mostly to protect the community."

According to court documents, Childress has been charged with three felonies - attempted deliberate homicide, assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence, along with a misdemeanor charge of partner/family member assault. Details of the incident can be found in the attached charging documents.

Judge Orzech placed Childress back in the Missoula County jail on $250,000 bail. His next court appearance will be July 16.