Union-Bulletin Court Report

A Walla Walla man charged with third-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest pleaded not guilty Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Emanuel N. Diaz, 25, entered his plea, while his brother and co-defendant, Romero A. Diaz, 25, was ordered to receive a mental health evaluation on Aug. 1 at Eastern State Hospital. The results must be submitted before he can enter a plea regarding his charges, which are the same as his brother’s.

On July 28, Walla Walla police responded to reports of a man trying to fight people at Apex Food & Deli on Alder Street, records stated. The brothers allegedly assaulted an officer, records stated, and a patrol car was damaged.

A Taser was used on one of the brothers, as he was resisting arrest, according to a police report, and two officers sustained minor injuries.

On Monday, Emanuel N. Diaz’s trial was scheduled for Oct. 22.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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