WHITLEY COUNTY - The jury trial for a Williamsburg man accused of stabbing another person outside an apartment complex in July 2016 has been continued.

Bruce E. Lewis Sr., 64, was set to have his case presented to a jury at trial Wednesday in Whitley Circuit Court, but it was continued earlier this week. The continuance was granted through an agreement with defense attorneys and prosecutors, according to the Whitley Circuit Court Clerk's office. No specifics were provided concerning the continuance.

With the trial now set aside, Lewis is scheduled to return to court Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. for a pretrial conference. It is likely that a new trial date will be issued at that time.

The case has been set for trial on a few previous occasions, though those dates were continued as well.

On July 6, 2016, Lewis was talking with another man outside Brush Arbor Apartments when an argument allegedly broke out between the two concerning children who were in the vicinity. The argument allegedly escalated quickly, with the two men beginning to fight. As the altercation continued, Lewis allegedly stabbed the other man in the abdomen before leaving the scene on a motorcycle.

Officers with the Williamsburg Police Department and members of the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team executed a search warrant at Lewis' residence soon after the alleged stabbing in an attempt to locate him, but he was not home. An arrest warrant was also obtained at that time for Lewis.

Lewis managed to elude police until February 2017, when he was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. He was indicted by a Whitley County grand jury in April of the same year, formally charging him in the incident.

Lewis is currently out on bond.

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