A court appearance was rescheduled Wednesday to Sept. 4 for a Desert Hot Springs man who allegedly stabbed his sister in the face.
Juan Angel Lopez, 38, was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning for a trial-readiness conference, but the hearing was pushed back due to a time conflict involving his public defender.
The defendant is accused of attacking his sister on Dec. 7, 2017, at a transient camp in the Desert Hot Springs. After the two argued on and off throughout the day, Lopez allegedly approached his then 35-year-old sibling while she was talking to someone and stabbed her in the face with a knife, according to an arrest warrant declaration.
He was originally charged in early 2018 with attempted murder, mayhem and several sentence enhancements for causing great bodily injury, but a judge dismissed the attempted murder charge in January.
The nature of the argument between Lopez and his sister was not detailed in the warrant, nor was the severity of her injuries.
The victim, as well as other witnesses, positively identified Lopez as the suspect, according to the declaration, which also alleges that he sent several text messages to one of the witnesses that indicated he was coming to the area to stab his sister.
Lopez remains jailed in Indio in lieu of $1 million bail.
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