LIMA — The trial of a man accused of slashing another man’s throat has been postponed for a week to give a prosecutor time to question a new defense witness.
Bruce Bagley’s trial is scheduled to resume June 13 in Allen County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with felonious assault in the June 27 throat slashing of Elwood Fletcher on Harrison Street. He faces up to eight years in prison, if convicted.
A detective who interviewed the 50-year-old Bagley testified Wednesday and the video recorded interviews were showed.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Jana Emerick said Bagley slashed Fletcher’s throat during a disagreement over a cellphone. Bagley believed a relative to Fletcher had his cellphone and was upset with the woman’s family, Emerick said.
Bagley noticed two of the woman’s family members in a car at a light near his home. He approached to argue with them about the cellphone, Emerick said.
During the argument, Fletcher came to the defense of his sister, who was outside the car arguing with Bagley, she said.
Bagley pulled a knife and made a quick move to slash Fletcher across the throat, Emerick said.
Bagley’s attorney said his client acted in self-defense. He said Fletcher initiated the first contact and Bagley, believing he was in danger, acted within the law to defend himself.