Jury convicts ‘Screech’ of misdemeanors in stabbing case

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Saved by the Bell’ actor Dustin Diamond found guilty of 2 lesser charges in stabbing.

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former “Saved by the Bell” actor of the most serious felony charge. The jury’s verdict Friday came just hours after the 38-year-old actor testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last Christmas Day.

He had pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, plus two misdemeanors — carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. Diamond, who played the character Screech on the popular 1990s show, said some people had wanted to shake his hand and pose for photos at the bar, but others were badgering him and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz. The man who was stabbed, 25-year-old Casey Smet, testified Thursday he didn’t know he had been stabbed until he had left the bar and was talking to police. But another apparent fan, Diamond’s defense attorney Thomas Alberti, wrote “Good Luck to Dustin & Amanda” on his car window Wednesday ahead of the trial.

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