Dustin Diamond, aka Screech, stabbing trial begins

Posted at 10:22 PM, May 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 22:41:13-04

PORT WASHINGTON, Wisc. -- Dustin Diamond, the actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” began his trial in an Ozaukee County courtroom on Wednesday. He’s accused of stabbing a man at a bar.

Controversy began before the trial got underway. According to FOX 6 Now, the district attorney raised concerns about a mobile message from Diamond’s defense.

“Apparently, there’s a car with some sort of either bumper sticker or signage in the parking lot that says, ‘Good Luck Dustin,'” said Judge Paul Malloy.

The judge demanded the defense attorney removed the message to Diamond from the back of his car.

“That’s not appropriate. You have that sign removed in five minutes or there’s going to be a problem,” said Judge Malloy.

After that situation was addressed, Malloy continued the hearing.

Diamond is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and recklessly endangering safety. He and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz,  are charged with disorderly conduct.

All the charges stem from an incident on Christmas Day 2014 at a Port Washington restaurant, the Grand Avenue Saloon.

Diamond and Schutz both entered not guilty pleas to all charges against them.

If convicted on all charges, Diamond could spend up to 10 years in prison.