Drew Romkey trial

Drew Romkey talks with his defense attorney, Katherine Drummond, before closing arguments in his trial in January.

A Bettendorf teenager accused of stabbing a fellow Bettendorf High School classmate in April 2015 pleaded guilty Friday, less than a month before he was to be tried a second time in the case.

Drew W. Romkey, 19, pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to the lesser included charge of assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

He originally was charged with willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Romkey will be sentenced July 14, according to online court records. 

Prosecutors argued during a jury trial in January that Romkey stabbed Jacob Woodard, 18, four times on April 11, 2015, in a cul-de-sac in the 6100 block of Lakeshore Circle, Davenport. Injuries to Woodard’s abdomen required emergency surgery

Romkey testified at trial that he acted in self-defense and that Woodard had been the aggressor.

Scott County District Court Judge Joel Barrows declared a mistrial in the case after jurors announced they were hopelessly deadlocked after nearly 20 hours of deliberations.

He was scheduled to be retried May 9. 

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