Pair to trial for neck slashing

Brenden Hobson

One of two men charged in the neck slashing of a San Carlos partygoer who arrived with one’s ex-girlfriend will stand trial in November on charges of mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon.

Brenden Leonard Hobson, 23, of San Carlos, pleaded not guilty to the charges and waived his right to a speedy trial. The case was scheduled for Nov. 17.

Co-defendant Jason Spears, 21, of Redwood City, has already pleaded not guilty to the same charges and will stand trial Oct. 20.

According to authorities, the two men encountered the 22-year-old Foster City victim at a party on the 400a block of Laurel Avenue around 3:30 a.m. July 18. The victim was with Hobson’s ex-girlfriend and Hobson reportedly challenged the man to a fight. Spears and two others jumped in to help Hobson who slashed the man’s neck and face with a letter opener, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Spears reportedly punched him in the face.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Spears at the scene but Hobson fled and later surrendered.

Spears is free from custody on a $50,000 bond but Hobson had an $150,000 arrest warrant issued in June when he failed to appear in court.

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