WALLA WALLA -- Trial for a gang member suspected of stabbing a member of his own gang in the neck during an altercation in late December has been postponed.
Jesse Corona, 19, of 115 N. Fifth Ave., now is set for trial in Superior Court starting March 20 on two counts of first-degree assault. The proceedings initially were scheduled to begin Feb. 27.
Corona stabbed Brian Lamprea, 18, outside the residence at 412 S. Eighth Ave. about 1:40 a.m. Dec. 24, according to a police report filed in court.
Lamprea was badly injured with a puncture wound near the base of his skull that fractured a vertebra. He also suffered a head laceration and both wounds were bleeding profusely, officials said.
In addition, a juvenile -- whose name isn't being disclosed by law enforcement -- reportedly suffered a cut hand while trying to intervene in the fight.
Lamprea was taken by a patrol sergeant to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.
The juvenile received several stitches at the hospital, then was discharged.
Based on information from a confidential eyewitness, police believe Corona used a switchblade-style knife to stab Lamprea in the neck while a group of people were outside 412 S. Eighth.
Corona was arrested later that day. Bail was set at $75,000.
He also is being held on $250,000 bail in a separate criminal case accusing him of two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly attacking two people last April. Police said he stabbed Zachary Gonzalez in the lower back and struck Brian Saldana in his ear during a fight about 11 p.m. April 15, 2011, at 11th Avenue and Willow Street.
Trial on those charges is scheduled for April 4 and 5 of this year.
Corona pleaded guilty in September to a gross-misdemeanor riot charge for participating in a reported gang-related fight on West Cherry Street in early February of last year. For that, he received a 330-day suspended jail sentence and 12 months of probation.