James Tran, facing attempted murder charges in the October 2015 knife attack on France train hero Spencer Stone, will return to a Sacramento courtroom in January to set a trial date in the incident.
Attorneys in the case appeared Friday before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White, who set a January 19 hearing date.
Tran, 29, faced an August preliminary hearing in the late night attack Oct. 8, 2015 during a melee outside a midtown nightclub.
Stone was stabbed four times during the violent brawl with four men near 21st and K streets.
Tran remains held at Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s records.
The attacker’s blade punctured the sergeant’s heart, liver and a lung and Stone was nearly killed in the attack which was captured on nearby surveillance cameras. Stone had to undergo open-heart surgery.
Tran was arrested in connection with the attack the following month, in November, on an Elk Grove-area freeway offramp.
The attack on Stone, an Air Force sergeant, happened shortly after he and childhood friends Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler and Oregon National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos halted a terrorist attack aboard a French passenger train August, 2015 while the three were on vacation. Stone was seriously wounded when the trio subdued a AK-47-wielding gunman on the train.
The three were honored as heroes in France and the United States for thwarting the attack, receiving the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award.