Attorney reassignment for defendant moves start of procedure to Aug. 5.

Last updated: June 10. 2013 11:30PM - 4691 Views

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WILKES-BARRE – The trial of a man charged with attacking a teen with a machete outside GAR High School has been continued to August.

Juan Borbon, 21, with no last known address, was scheduled to stand trial this week on seven charges relating to the February 2012 attack that nearly severed the hand of then-15-year-old Marquis Allen.

Borbon’s attorney, Joseph Yeager, asked that he be permitted to withdraw from Borbon’s case and that an attorney from the Public Defender’s Office be assigned.

Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. allowed Yeager’s request, reassigned attorney William Watt to represent Borbon and scheduled an Aug. 5 trial.

Watt had previously represented Borbon until Yeager was hired by the Borbon family in April.

In March, Watt filed court papers declaring an alibi defense that Borbon was nowhere near the GAR High School when Allen was injured but was at a home on South Franklin Street – and has witnesses to prove it.

City police allege Borbon was involved in the fight and took a machete from a backpack carried by Yansy Abreu, 17.

Borbon allegedly swung the machete that nearly severed Allen’s left hand. Allen testified at a preliminary hearing last year that he was helping a black student who was jumped by a group after classes had ended for the day.

The fight occurred off school grounds on South Grant and Lehigh streets.

Abreu previously testified the planned fight was between students of African-American and Dominican heritages.

Borbon faces two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of reckless endangerment.

Abreu was originally charged as an adult for his alleged role, but his case was transferred to juvenile court, where he faced unknown related charges.

Borbon is jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

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