MODESTO — A judge on Wednesday rescheduled a trial to start April 8 for a defendant accused of second-degree murder after he stabbed a man with a small screwdriver during a fight in Waterford.
Authorities say Juan Carrizales, 29, is responsible for the stabbing death of 23-year-old James Mandall when the two fought Oct. 9, 2011, at the Waterford Garden Apartments on Dorsey Street.
Carrizales' defense attorney has argued that his client was defending himself against Mandall, who was affiliated with gangs.
The prosecutor has said in court that Carrizales had a screwdriver, used to fix eyeglasses, with the sharp end pointing out of his fist.
The prosecutor argued that Carrizales punched Mandall in the chest three times; one puncture wound to his heart proved fatal.
Testimony in a January preliminary hearing revealed that the two men fought over a vehicle burglary.