Dickinson man's pretrial hearing pushed backA 19-year-old Dickinson man who allegedly stabbed his 17-year-old girlfriend and struck her 16-year-old friend will have to wait six weeks for his pretrial hearing, Judge Zane Anderson ruled during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse Tuesday.
By: April Baumgarten, The Dickinson Press
A 19-year-old Dickinson man who allegedly stabbed his 17-year-old girlfriend and struck her 16-year-old friend will have to wait six weeks for his pretrial hearing, Judge Zane Anderson ruled during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse Tuesday.
Donald Young, who is charged with six counts, including attempted murder, sat calmly, swinging in his chair as Defense Attorney Kevin McCabe asked to have the pretrial postponed. McCabe said he had not completed discovery of evidence.
“There are issues we need to find out,” McCabe said. “As Mr. Hope said, we just haven’t had time to do it.”
Another issue was getting medical information on the victims. McCabe said he had not received a complete medical report.
“One of the problems is that we have to follow the medical doctor’s schedule,” McCabe said.
Stark County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Hope also asked to have a jury questionnaire before the trial started. He said he was worried the trial was taking too much time.
“If we have more jury instructions earlier, it will save time,” Hope said.
Young pleaded not guilty to the six charges. Hope said a plea bargain was made to Young, but the offer was not acted on because the defense discovery was not completed.
Young assaulted his estranged girlfriend and her juvenile female friend when they went to his house to retrieve personal belongings, according to a press release. He struck both girls across the face and stabbed his girlfriend in the back.
After she fled, Young fired a rifle into the floor, according to records. Young’s father allegedly entered the room and attempted to grab the gun when it was discharged a second time.
Young said nothing during the hearing.
Young is also charged with misdemeanors, including two counts of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of aggravated assault.
Attempted murder is a Class A Felony with a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.