Barton change of plea hearing reset

Ritchie Barton

The change of plea hearing for Zionsville resident Ritchie Barton has been reset.

Originally set for June 5, the change of plea hearing is now on the schedule for 9 a.m. July 22.

Barton, 66, is accused of attempting to murder a woman at a senior living facility in May 2018. He faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, two counts of attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon, and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

Barton is accused of stabbing a woman in her Crawford Manor apartment on the Hoosier Village campus in the early morning hours of May 25, 2018. The victim was able to make her way into a hallway during the attack, where the relative of a neighbor helped fight off the attacker and call police. She suffered wounds to her mid-sternum area, thigh and leg. Two police officers also sustained injuries in the process of arresting Barton.

Barton had entered a plea of not guilty at his initial hearing. A competency hearing for Barton set for earlier this year was delayed and later canceled. A trial date also had been set, but it was replaced with a change of plea hearing.

The case is in Boone Superior Court I with Judge Matthew Kincaid.