A jury trial has been scheduled in the case of a man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house.

A jury trial has been scheduled in the case of a man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house.

The trial of Cameron J. Walton is scheduled for March 26 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Walton, 35, is charged with attempted second-degree murder. The charge stems from a Dec. 13, 2016, incident at the Grossman Center in Leavenworth.

The Grossman Center is a re-entry facility for inmates who are completing their sentences.

Walton is accused of attacking an employee at the facility. The incident was reported the day Walton was supposed to be released from the center.

The trial date was selected Wednesday when Walton appeared in court.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said he will reserve 2.5 days for the trial.

The judge scheduled a pretrial conference for Feb. 9.

Walton remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail. He recently was returned to the jail from Larned State Security Hospital where he underwent an evaluation.

The evaluation was requested after Walton's attorney, John Bryant, filed a notice that he plans to argue the defendant lacked the requisite mental state at the time of the incident to be culpable of the crime.

During a hearing last month, County Attorney Todd Thompson said he had received two letters from the state with conflicting information regarding whether Walton was competent to stand trial.

In court Wednesday, Thompson said he has been informed that a letter indicating Walton is not competent was a mistake. Another letter indicating Walton is competent is correct.

Bryant indicated he may later seek to have a private evaluation of his client.

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