AUGUSTA, Maine (AP)—An Augusta man has agreed to let a judge decide whether he’s guilty of fatally stabbing his domestic partner.
Michael Young on Wednesday waived his right to a jury trial. The bench trial is scheduled to start Dec. 17.
The 41-year-old Young is charged with stabbing David Cox in June 2011 in their home.
Young is charged with murder.
He denies stabbing Cox, saying he was in bed sick when he heard a bang. He got up to investigate, and found Cox in the kitchen slumped over a bicycle with a knife in his chest.
The medical examiner told investigators the wound was not consistent with an accident.
The Kennebec Journal reports that Young’s attorney says she opted for a bench trial “because this case is so purely circumstantial.”