A man accused of beating a Butte woman into a coma in October faces a separate charge in connection with another alleged violent assault in Butte in July.
Vincent Knight, 18, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Thursday in Butte district court on an aggravated assault charge from July. He also faces an attempted deliberate homicide charge in Butte in which he's accused of hitting a female in the head in October.
In the aggravated assault case, Knight is accused of breaking a man's jaw during a dispute at a home in the 800 block of Travonia on July 27. A witness also alleges that Vincent cut the hands of his girlfriend at the time, Tamara Hartman. However, Hartman allegedly told investigators that Knight never cut her hands.
Hartman spent nearly three weeks in a coma after authorities allege Knight hit her in the head in October. She was found lying unconscious on the sidewalk in 700 block of south Washington Street Oct. 12 about 5:15 a.m. with a severe head injury.
Knight was arrested in Wyoming on a warrant out of Butte on Nov. 8 and faces an attempted deliberate homicide charge in connection with the Hartman case. He remains incarcerated in Washakie County Detention Center in Worland, Wyo., where he awaits extradition to Butte.
Court records from the July
incident say police found a large amount of blood in the Travonia residence, but people in the house claim they didn't witness the alleged cutting of Hartman's hands. The alleged victim with the broken jaw says Knight became enraged with Hartman and cut her hands. When he tried to help Hartman, Knight is accused of hitting him several times and breaking his jaw.
Hartman subsequently denied to police that Knight cut her; Knight wasn't charged with hurting her.
Less than three months later, Hartman was in a coma fighting for her life. She was treated at a hospital in Great Falls for almost a month, before returning to Butte.