FRONT ROYAL — The case of a Front Royal man who allegedly hit another man in the head with a blunt object will go to trial in late September.

Lewis Darnyl Porter, 37, who lives on Royal Lane Avenue, is due in Warren County Circuit Court on Sept. 24 for a pretrial conference ahead of a two-day jury trial that begins Sept. 30.

Porter was indicted by a grand jury on April 12 on a malicious wounding charge. He also faces several violation of probation charges, which were continued to the first day of the trial.

Porter remains in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond.

Front Royal police had received a complaint about an assault in the 400 block of Viscose Avenue on Jan. 31 and were told a male had sustained potentially life-threatening injuries during an altercation, a news release on Porter’s arrest states.

Porter and the victim had had a verbal altercation that became physical, the criminal complaint against Porter states. Porter pulled a weapon from his jacket and struck the victim twice in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, the complaint states.

The male victim was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital, according to the release, and then was transferred to Winchester Medical Center where he had surgery.

According to Front Royal police, Porter was located in Middletown and arrested by Middletown police on Feb. 5.

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