Mayton Assault Trial Delayed

Michael Mayton stares into the gallery moments before allegedly assaulting Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday, July 9, 2010. Mayton and Potter were leaving the Dubuque courtroom moments after Mayton was convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 stabbing death of his friend David Tate when Mayton struck Potter over the head with his handcuffs. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Dave Kettering)

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By Richard Pratt

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The willful injury trial for convicted murderer Michael Mayton has been delayed from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29, according to online court records.

Dubuque County District Judge Monica Ackley continued the trial Friday after Mayton waived his right to a speedy trial last Tuesday.

Witnesses say Mayton hit Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter in the head with his handcuffs just moments after Mayton was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 15, 2009 stabbing death of David Tate.

Potter was taken to the hospital for head injuries and was treated and released.

Mayton faces up to 50 years in prison at his Oct. 26 sentencing for the second-degree murder charge.

A pretrial conference in the assault trial is scheduled for Nov. 23.

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