Trial rescheduled in assault of WW woman

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and assaulted her in January 2011.

Patrick M. Walmsley, 42, of 37 W. Imperial St., now is scheduled for trial starting June 13.

The proceedings previously were set to begin last October, but Walmsley underwent a mental evaluation to determine his ability to stand trial.

The new trial date was set Monday afternoon by Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht, who also 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, told Schacht that diminished mental capacity still may be an issue in the case.

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. Walmsley 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.

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