A trial for a man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house has been continued until January.

A trial for a man accused of attempting to kill an employee at a Leavenworth halfway house has been continued until January.

The trial for Cameron J. Walton had been scheduled for Oct. 1. But the trial is now scheduled for Jan. 7, according to court records.

The continuance was granted Wednesday 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.

Walton’s attorney, John Bryant, plans to argue his client lacked the requisite mental state at the time of the incident to be culpable of the crime.

In a written motion for the continuance, Bryant stated he is still obtaining records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Missouri Department of Corrections and a hospital.

Even if he receives the records within the next week, Bryant stated he would be unable to use them effectively in preparation for an Oct. 1 trial.

Bryant noted that he would have to disclose any report he intends to use during the trial ahead of time to the prosecution. And the defense attorney has agreed to provide the prosecution information about defense witnesses 10 days before the trial.

The judge is setting aside four days for the trial.

A hearing for pretrial motions in the case is set for Dec. 7.

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