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Trial of Grand Forks man charged with attempted murder postponed until March

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The trial of a Grand Forks man charged with attempted murder has been postponed until March 3.

Jury selection had been scheduled to start this morning in the case of Johnny Bob Mendez, but a judge delayed the trial after the prosecution requested a continuance. A message left for Carmell Mattison, the assistant state's attorney handling the case, was not immediately returned this afternoon.

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Court documents state that Mendez, 29, stabbed Justin Corey Christianson, 28, twice with a knife during an altercation, puncturing his lung in the early morning of Feb. 17, 2008.

The fight started in a parking lot outside the El Roco night club on North Washington Street in Grand Forks. It was broken up but started again in a restaurant parking lot a few blocks away. That's where Christianson was stabbed, records show.

A message left this morning for Mendez's attorney, Steven Light of Fargo, was not immediately returned.

If convicted, Mendez faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Because a weapon was allegedly involved in the incident, Mendez, if convicted, would face a minimum of four years in prison.

Mendez remains in custody on $100,000 bond, according to a Grand Forks County jail spokesman.

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