A Hays man waived his right to speedy trial on charges he stabbed a man in November.
William Keith Wierman, 26, faces charges of aggravated battery with special sentencing considerations and a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges allege that during a Nov. 25 altercation in the 1200 block of Milner, Wierman stabbed an individual in the arm, causing muscle damage and permanent scarring, and held a knife to the person’s throat.
The defense filed a motion to continue the trial to February, which would be beyond the state’s deadlines for right to speedy trial. For those held in jail, state statutes stipulate trial must be within 150 days of arraignment; for those who post bond, it’s 180 days.
Wierman is free on $40,000 bond. The trial is scheduled for Feb. 19 to 21. At the time of his arrest, he was on felony probation for possession of marijuana, prompting the special consideration for sentencing if convicted.