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Rancho Cordova man slashed with machete dies Friday shortly after suspected attacker appears in court

Rancho Cordova man slashed with machete dies
Rancho Cordova man slashed with machete dies 00:23

RANCHO CORDOVA —  The man who was brutally attacked by a machete-wielding suspect Monday has died, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office says. 

James Hall appeared in court on December 2 on attempted murder charges.

The suspect in the attack, 42-year-old James Hall, appeared in court Friday on attempted murder charges. At the hearing, Hall was assigned a public defender. His next hearing, a formal arraignment, was scheduled for December 15. 

CBS13 is reaching out to the Sacramento County D.A.'s office to see if Hall's charges will be upgraded to murder.

The victim's family identified the victim as 60-year-old Timothy J. Fairall of Rancho Cordova. 

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, Hall confessed to attacking Fairall as Fairall was riding his eBike in the 2500 block of Zinfandel Drive and Italia Way. 

James Hall
   James Hall was booked into jail on the charge of attempted murder. Sacramento County Sheriff's Office

Hall, who is experiencing homelessness, left the scene of the attack but was later arrested Wednesday by detectives in Shasta Community Park in South Sacramento. They say he confessed to the crime shortly after his arrest. 

Hall was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of attempted murder. He is being held without bail.

Fairall was declared brain-dead shortly after he was attacked, according to the sheriff's office. On Friday, he was taken off of life support.

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