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

Johnny Mendez

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.

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.