Man pleads not guilty after machete attack

February 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A 60-year-old Redding man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he attacked a friend with a machete in a dispute over a case of beer. James Henry Smidt is accused of attacking Randall Jackson after the two men argued over a case of Bud Ice on Tuesday night. Police say the 57-year-old Jackson suffered gashes on his neck, arm, head and face.

Smidt was being held in the Shasta County jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He's tentatively scheduled to have a preliminary hearing March 16 on an attempted murder charge.