Defendant Rusty Rusauo was appointed a new attorney with the alternate public defender's office and pleaded not guilty and asserted his right to a speedy trial.

It was stated in court that the previously appointed attorney with the public defender service corporation David Highsmith had to withdraw due to conflict since that office currently represents the alleged victim in the case.

Rusauo faces charges of aggravated assault as a second degree


felony with a special allegation for possession or use of a deadly weapon. Earlier this month Rusao and his cousin Stanley Soulik were drunk in Tamuning and while playing with a machete Rusauo slashed Soulik in the left leg.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5 with Judge Arthur Barcinas.