AUBURN, Maine — A Lewiston man who police say stabbed another man in a dispute over a woman denied a related felony charge Thursday.
Tyler Belanger, 23, pleaded not guilty to a charge of elevated aggravated assault, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Belanger remained free on his own recognizance. A judge barred him from having or using alcohol or illegal drugs and said he must submit to random searches and testing as conditions of his release. He also must not have or use dangerous weapons, including firearms.
He may not have contact with David Galineau, the stabbing victim. Also, Belanger cannot discuss his criminal case with Kayla Pinard of Auburn, a judge ordered.
Police said Galineau, 29, was found stabbed in the upper torso and under one arm with a knife shortly before 10:30 p.m. outside 148 Oxford St. on Nov. 11. He and Belanger had been in a fight over a woman, police said.
Belanger was found a short distance from Galineau, police said.