A trial for a man accused of stabbing an acquaintance in Ellensburg began in Superior Court on Wednesday.

Scott Newsom, 21, of Snohomish faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief.

On May 2, 2016 Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a stabbing on North Water Street, according to a probable cause statement. Deputies found the victim, Cory Rowe, holding a towel around a bleeding arm. There was blood in the driveway and in the grass.

Rowe was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound that was two inches deep and cut a major artery in his arm.

According to the probable cause statement, Rowe named Scott Newsom as his attacker to deputies. Deputies spoke with bystanders and were told that Newsom was visiting friends in Ellensburg at the time and staying at the residence.

Newsom and Rowe got into an altercation after a chair was broken and Rowe asked Newsom and another individual to leave the house. Newsom was escorted out the front door, but attempted to enter the residence again after a few minutes. The front door was reportedly broken during the process.

During proceedings on Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Jodi Hammond gave an opening statement.

“(Rowe’s) life was irreparably changed because Scott Newsom would not walk away,” Hammond said.

In the time since the incident, Rowe has undergone three surgeries to repair the damage he sustained to his arm and may live with permanent nerve damage the rest of his life, Hammond said.

The defense for Newsom also gave an opening statement, and said that Newsom did not go to Ellensburg or attend the party with the intention of hurting anyone, he was just there to have a good time.

Rowe responded angrily to Newsom and Newsom pulled a knife in self defense, they said, showing the jury a photo of the injuries Newsom sustained from Rowe.

“He was in a rage and was seeing red,” the defense said of Rowe. “If Scott Newsom is guilty of anything, it’s of getting a little too rowdy at a party.”

On Thursday, Rowe gave his version of the events to the court and was cross examined by defense attorney Zachary Wagnild.

Wagnild questioned Rowe about his consumption of alcohol that night and whether he had reported that to police. Rowe confirmed that he did not state his consumption of alcohol, but reported it to a nurse at Kittitas Valley Healthcare later that night in the emergency room.

Hammond objected to Wagnild’s impeaching of Rowe, stating that Wagnild was framing his questions in way that could mislead the jury.

“It’s making Mr. Rowe look like he’s trying to hide something,” Hammond said of Wagnild’s questions.

The jury was recessed while Judge Scott Sparks spoke with the attorneys. He allowed Wagnild to continue his line of questioning.

Trial proceedings are expected to continue through Thursday of next week.


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