Mayton Stabbing Sentencing 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 (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a Dubuque man found guilty of killing of a friend and wounding his neighbor.

Michael Mayton was to be sentenced on Friday for second-degree murder and several assault charges. He faces up to 50 years on the murder charge.

The Telegraph Herald says Mayton's sentencing was postponed after his public defender, David Staudt, was appointed to serve as a judge. Another public defender will be assigned to the case.

Mayton was convicted in the August 2009 stabbing death of his friend, David Tate, and the stabbing of his neighbor, Richard Schramm Jr.

After the jury's verdict in July, Mayton was accused of assaulting the prosecutor. Mayton has pleaded not guilty to a willful injury in that case.

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