February 23, 2006

D.A. Delays Hearing

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Nathan Poffenbarger ’08, accused of felony assault for allegedly stabbing a visiting student, posted bail yesterday and was subsequently released from Tompkins County jail. The Tompkins County District Attorney’s office then requested the cancellation of Poffenbarger’s preliminary hearing, which had been scheduled for yesterday at 2 p.m.

Tompkins County D.A. Gwen Wilkinson said that she is personally working on bringing the case to a grand jury in a trial that will likely occur sometime over the summer. James A. Baker law ’80, Poffenbarger’s attorney, declined to comment on the case.

Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III released a statement yesterday inviting Cornellians to a community meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Straight.

“I also want to make clear that the [U]niversity is committed to pursing this case through to its just conclusion. And we will fully support and assist the District Attorney’s Office in its investigation and prosecution of this disturbing crime,” Rawlings said in the statement.

The statement also confirmed that “the Cornell University police has issued a directive that bars Mr. Poffenbarger from the campus.” The University did not comment on judicial proceedings being brought against Poffenbarger.

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