Benjamin Jason Escobar, charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his 7-month-old cousin in the neck, will face a pre-trial hearing June 6 and preliminary hearing June 8, it was decided this morning.
During a brief hearing today, attorney Tom Storey of El Centro announced he has been retained by Escobar's family.
Storey then said his client was pleading not guilty to the charge and denied allegations connected to the case.
Storey asked Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa to delay the hearings so he could have more time to prepare.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen argued the case should move forward within the statutory time allotted.
Ulloa set the pretrial and preliminary hearings for June 6 and June 8, respectively, when Owen will present evidence to the judge so he can decide whether the case warrants going to trial.
After today's hearing, Storey indicated he might still seek a delay, stating he cannot be ready to proceed by next week.