N. Idaho jury convicts transient in stabbing case
A Kootenai County jury has convicted a 56-year-old transient of aggravated battery for stabbing another homeless man in Coeur d'Alene earlier this year.
James H. Kountz was also found guilty Wednesday of using a deadly weapon in the June attack on James R. Hoglen.
During the two-day trial, prosecutors argued that Kountz was an aggressor, was not acting in self-defense and was on the run for days after the attack.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Hoglen suffered four serious stab wounds to his abdomen, two of which were 4-inch-long gashes. He also suffered a stab wound to the center of his face, severing nerves and affecting his breathing.
Kountz is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6.
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