July jury trial set for Wood­land man ac­cused of a ma­chete at­tack on el­derly Fair­field man

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Richard Bam­mer rbam­mer@there­porter.com @REBam­mer on Twit­ter Con­tact reporter Richard Bam­mer at (707) 453-8164.

A Solano County Su­pe­rior Court judge set a July trial date for a 46-year-old Wood­land man charged with a 2018 at­tempted mur­der in which the de­fen­dant used a ma­chete to at­tack and in­jure an el­derly man in ru­ral Fair­field.

Bran­don Clark Foster ap­peared Mon­day morn­ing in court for a readi­ness con­fer­ence and a trial set­ting in Judge E. Bradley Nel­son’s court­room in Fair­field.

Af­ter con­fer­ring with at­tor­neys, Judge Nel­son set a trial man­age­ment con­fer­ence for June 26 and the jury trial for July 7.

The lat­est pro­ceed­ings in Foster’s felony case came a month af­ter Nel­son resched­uled the de­fen­dant’s trial be­cause the vic­tim’s wife died in the early hours of Jan. 8, just as some 50 prospec­tive ju­rors gath­ered for a trial se­lec­tion process.

Dur­ing the Jan­uary pro­ceed­ing, Nel­son re­minded Foster that, be­cause he had with­drawn his not-guilty plea by rea­son of insanity, he faced two life sen­tences if con­victed at trial.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Foster is charged with us­ing a ma­chete in March 2018 to at­tack Bobby R. Wat­son, 74 at the time.

The as­sault left Wat­son with life-threat­en­ing in­juries and the near-am­pu­ta­tion of a thumb, al­leged crimes that came to vivid light dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing 16 months ago.

Foster, whose ar­rest and con­vic­tion record for theft, drug pos­ses­sion, and DUI, among other crimes, dates back to 1992, has pleaded not guilty to charges of pre­med­i­tated at­tempted mur­der, ag­gra­vated may­hem, and cru­elty to an el­der with risk of great bod­ily in­jury.

Dur­ing the mid-Oc­to­ber 2018 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, Deputy District At­tor­ney Mary Nguyen called on wit­nesses, some of whom saw Foster at­tack Wat­son on or near Abernathy Road. Foster al­legedly first at­tacked him out­side his home when Wat­son went to check on a power shut-off, which in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Foster was re­spon­si­ble for.

Court records in­di­cate Solano County Sher­iff’s deputies ar­rived in the area of Abernathy and Rockville roads shortly be­fore 10 a.m. af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of an as­sault with a deadly weapon. First re­spon­ders found Wat­son suf­fer­ing from ma­jor cuts over his en­tire body. By that time, Foster al­legedly had fled the scene.

The vic­tim and wit­nesses then gave au­thor­i­ties a de­scrip­tion of the de­fen­dant. Around 10:30 a.m., deputies found Foster hid­ing in a nearby or­chard and also found the ma­chete be­lieved to have been used in the at­tack. He was ar­rested and booked into Solano County Jail, with bail set at $1 mil­lion.

Foster is rep­re­sented by Deputy Pub­lic De­fender Jeanette Gar­cia.

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