Trial moved in assault, threats case

Joseph A. Davis will go to trial on March 14.

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set in Superior Court for a man accused of beating his girlfriend, and threatening to stab and kill her and two other people during a disturbance in November.

Joseph A. Davis, 21, had been scheduled for trial Jan. 25. But the proceedings have been postponed until March 14.

Davis is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count each of intimidating a public servant and intimidating a witness.

Police said Davis punched and hit his girlfriend, Shelly Yeley, in the head, neck, ribs, back and shoulder following a verbal argument between the two Nov. 17 at 309 E. Sumach St., No. 3. Davis also allegedly displayed an open lock-blade knife and threatened to stab and kill Yeley.

In addition, he held the knife to the chest of Yeley's sister, Yvonne Yeley, and threatened Chad Long, who tried to convince Davis to stop assaulting Shelly Yeley, according to a police report filed in court.

Officers arrested Davis -- who was intoxicated -- at 9:40 p.m. after arriving at the scene. Shelly Yeley was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The police report says Davis told an officer who took him to jail that he would find out where the officer and his family lives. Davis also allegedly told Long he needs to watch what he says.

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