Jury finds Portage man not guilty in 2013 stabbing

2014-04-30T17:20:00Z 2014-04-30T21:13:05Z Jury finds Portage man not guilty in 2013 stabbingBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A jury found a Portage man not guilty of aggravated battery following a 2013 knife attack.

David Timmerman, 55, was cleared Wednesday by a Porter County jury, which deliberated for about an hour, according to Timmerman's attorney Peter Boyles and court officials.

Timmerman has been on trial this week facing a single Class B felony count of aggravated battery on allegations of a March 26, 2013, attack on Kenny Wesley Jr.

Police said Wesley and Timmerman, who are both maintenance workers at Damada Apartments, were arguing about a woman.

Police said Timmerman, when attacked by Wesley, used his pocket knife to cut Wesley's face. During the fight, police said Wesley took the knife from Timmerman and stabbed him four times before fleeing.

Police were called first to the apartment complex where the fight occurred in the 6100 block of McCasland Avenue. Officers then went to an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Canden Avenue where Wesley lived.

Both men were taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso where they were treated for their injuries.

Wesley, 49, has pleaded guilty to a lower D felony count of aggravated battery and is scheduled for sentencing May 16 before Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.

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