WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge Monday refused to delay the trial of a Wausau man accused of attacking a woman at a park nearly a year ago even though the man wants to fire his attorney, according to online court records.
Robert Woods, 34, was charged with four felonies, including strangulation, suffocation with threats to injure and attempted robbery in the July 24 attack. He was charged as a repeat offender because he's been convicted of at least three misdemeanors in the past five years, according to court documents.
Police said a woman was trying to leave a Wausau park when Woods came up behind her and threw her to the ground. Authorities say he tried to strangle her and pushed her down an embankment.
The woman resisted and was able to get his license plate number as she called 911, police said.
Attorneys informed Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Greg Grau on Monday that a plea agreement had been reached to avoid a five-day trial set to begin Aug. 4, but Woods changed his mind about accepting the prosecution's offer, online records said.
Woods told Grau that he wanted to fire his attorney, a public defender, but Grau called it a delaying tactic with no good reason given, online records said.
The judge refused to reschedule the trial and set another hearing for July 23.