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Man pleads not guilty in Newhall stabbing attack

Posted: September 25, 2013 12:59 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2013 12:59 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Newhall man 11 days ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Daniel Constantino, 20, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court where he entered a plea of not guilty, the spokeswoman said.

He remains in custody without bail, charged with felony attempted murder.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Constantino beginning Oct. 4. During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial.

Local sheriff’s detectives arrested Constantino on Friday and hope to arrest a second suspect for the same stabbing, said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Sgt. Dean Currie.

The 25-year-old victim was attacked Sept. 15 in Newhall after his car was intentionally rammed by that of his attacker. He was stabbed after the collision, Currie said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, spent several days at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery, he said.

The attack was believed to be gang related or the result of a road rage incident.


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