Man's assault trial again postponed

Patrick M. Walmsley is accused of breaking into a woman's home and attacking her in 2011.

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WALLA WALLA -- A trial for a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and assaulted her in January 2011 has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Patrick M. Walmsley, 42, of 37 W. Imperial St., now is scheduled to face a jury Sept. 11 and 12.

The trial last was set to begin today. The proceedings have been delayed several times.

Walmsley is charged with first-degree burglary -- domestic violence, second-degree assault -- domestic violence, and second-degree malicious mischief.

Police said he entered the bedroom window of Rachel Scott at 410 Chase Ave., Apt. 103, about 1 a.m. Jan. 16, 2011. He then struck Scott in the mouth with a baseball bat, tearing her bottom lip and causing it to bleed, according to a police report filed in court.

Walmsley then allegedly used the bat to smash the apartment's front picture window as Scott was calling 911. He was detained outside by a witness who ordered him to drop the bat and get on the ground until police arrived.

Walmsley and Scott had been friends since they were children. Walmsley had pressed Scott to enter into a dating relationship, but she rebuffed his advances, according to the police report.

He was booked into the County Jail, but was released on bond three days later.

Walmsley subsequently underwent a mental evaluation to determine his ability to stand trial. Judge Donald W. Schacht signed an order finding Walmsley competent for his case to proceed based on the results of his mental evaluation.

However, Walmsley's attorney, Julie Brown, has said that diminished mental capacity still may be an issue in the case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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