Trial continued for man charged with stabbing friend

December 7, 2016 GMT

A trial for a man accused of stabbing another man in Ellensburg was pushed back on Friday.

Scott Newsom, 20, of Snohomish faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief.

Newsom had a pre-trial hearing Friday in Kittitas County Superior Court before Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks. Newsom had a new attorney, Zachary Wagnild, submit a request for substitution of counsel and the trial was continued for another 90 days. Newsom’s new pre-trial date is set for Jan. 27. Sparks said he was compelled to allow a substitution of counsel once, but not twice, saying the case needs to be resolved.

On May 2 Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies answered a call about a stabbing on North Water Street, according to the probable cause statement. When deputies arrived they found a victim sitting on the stairs holding a towel around a bleeding arm. There was blood in the driveway and in the grass.

The man told officers he was stabbed by Scotty Newsom, whose rapper name was Scotty Bahama, according to the probable cause statement. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The stab wound was about two inches deep and cut a major artery in his arm.

The victim’s roommate said Newsom was visiting friends in Ellensburg at the time and staying at the residence. Newsom and the victim got into a disagreement, which led to the stabbing, the statement said.