A Boulder man accused this spring of trying to stab another man with a sword is headed to trial at the end of the year.
Lester Mark Geeting, 58, on Monday in Boulder District Court pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, felony menacing, possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and two crime of violence sentence enhancers.
Geeting is now scheduled for a four-day trial beginning Dec. 2, according to court records.
Geeting, who remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $25,000 bond, also is set for a motions hearing on Oct. 31.
According to an affidavit, Geeting was riding in a van with two other people, Scott Theriault and Amanda Mooney, on April 13 when Geeting and Mooney began to argue. Theriault told officers Geeting began kicking the side of the van when Theriault asked him to stop arguing.
Theriault told police Geeting then grabbed Theriault’s sword from the back of the van and attacked him with it, striking him eight to 15 times but catching primarily his jacket and the back of the driver’s seat.
The attack caused Theriault to slow down the van and jump out in the area of 28th and Walnut streets. Geeting and Mooney also got out of the van, with Geeting fleeing the area on foot. Theriault, who was not injured, and Mooney then got back in the van and drove off, according to the affidavit.
Witnesses, who saw both the attack in the van and the three people exit the van, called police.
Police found the sword, which has a 2-foot blade, in the van and also noted extensive damage caused by the sword to the driver’s side chair.
A jacket belonging to Geeting also was found in the van and contained methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.