Teen pleads not guilty to stabbing HR woman

BOARDMAN, AP — A 17-year-old Idaho boy pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to stabbing a Hood River woman May 14 at a rest stop near Boardman.

A Morrow County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Talon James Davis, of the area of Lewiston, Idaho, on charges of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Davis appeared in circuit court Thursday via video from jail in The Dalles and pleaded not guilty.

District Attorney Justin Nelson said he charged Davis as an adult because second-degree assault falls under Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law. Nelson initially charged Davis with first-degree assault, but he said the evidence did not support the harsher charge because the victim did not suffer serious physical injury.

Nelson said the 51-year-old woman from Hood River noticed Davis outside when she entered the restroom at the state rest stop off the westbound side of Interstate 84 near Boardman. When she exited a stall, Nelson said, Davis was in the restroom and attacked, stabbing her once in the area of the lower back.

She required medical help and stayed until Monday at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston.

Oregon State Police arrested Davis and booked him into the juvenile facility at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities, The Dalles. Circuit Judge Ron Pahl during Thursday’s arraignment kept Davis’s bail at $100,000. Nelson said Davis has his next hearing Thursday, May 26.

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