A homeless man will stand trial in April for allegedly attempting to kill an Emporia woman he had been dating.
Matthew Schroeder, 41, pleaded not guilty Friday in Lyon County District Court to counts of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and attempted battery.
But Schroeder's attorney claims the alleged victim reported Schroeder to authorities in the past for domestic violence, then withdrew the complaints.
An Assistant Lyon County Attorney filed a motion Thursday to bar defense attorney Rand Simmons from mentioning what he calls “prior misconduct” at an upcoming trial.
“The alleged recantations... are not relevant to prove the issues before the court in the present manner,” Carissa Brinker contended in her motion. “The evidence is not relevant or admissible.”
Chief Judge Jeffry Larson scheduled a motions hearing on that issue and others for Thursday, March 30. Schroeder is scheduled to go on trial Monday, April 17.
Schroeder is charged with entering the woman's State Street home on Tuesday, October 12, 2022 and attempting to suffocate her.
Schroeder remained in the Lyon County Detention Center Monday.