The trial of 25-year-old Joshua Peck --the man suspected in the July 4 stabbing of Jack Morris of Payson --has been set for Jan. 11, 2000, in Gila County Superior Court.
Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman said the trial date was set at Peck's pretrial conference last week.
"(The defense) wanted to continue it, and we wanted to get it moving," Wortman said, "so we just asked for a trial date."
Morris was injured during a holiday party in Pine that he and Peck both attended. Witnesses at the party said Peck was rough-housing with younger children in a small pool. The rough-housing got out of hand, friends said, when Peck and Morris began to wrestle. By the time the scuffle was over, Morris had suffered three stab wounds to his left ear, left abdomen and right inner thigh.
Peck was charged with aggravated assault and released on his own recognizance.
"My client has plead not guilty," said Peck's attorney Barry Standifird. "The burden of proof is on the state to show otherwise."