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.