FARMINGTON -- A three-day trial has been set for a man accused of trying to murder his estranged wife.
Judge David Hamilton set Dec. 16, Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 for a jury trial for Kristopher Lee Ertmann, charged with attempted aggravated murder.
Ertmann, 24 and of Kaysville, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday with his attorney D. Gilbert Athay and entered a not guilty plea to the charge.
Ertmann is being held in the Davis County Jail without bail.
He was arrested on July 23 following the attack on his estranged wife. She had agreed to meet him at a park in Fruit Heights to discuss the terms of their divorce.
The meeting turned into a verbal altercation that became physical, deputies said, and ended with the suspect slitting the victim's throat with a sharp object.
The woman managed to drive off, but not before Ertmann had jumped into her car, officers said. She managed to get to a place where she called 911. She told the dispatcher he had thrown the knife out the window, according to the probable cause statement.
Ertmann also told the 911 dispatcher he had thrown the knife out of the car window into a gully, according to the probable cause statement.
She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated. Officers said the woman had lost a significant amount of blood.
Officers found "copious amounts of blood" on the inside and outside of the car, as well as a pool of blood at the park in Fruit Heights with "bloody footprints leading away from the blood," according to the statement.
According to the probable cause statement, when Ertmann was arrested he told officers the woman had slit her own throat.
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