Charges delayed in alleged beating of WSU instructor

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SPOKANE — Three men won't have to appear in court this week because charges have not been filed in the alleged assault of a Washington State University instructor.

Whitman County prosecutor Bill Druffel said he will wait until Pullman Police Department investigators complete more footwork and conclude their case.

Following the arrests last week of John "Matt" Cabanos-Soriano, 22, Robert D. Bean, 22, and Joshua W. Nantz, 23, the prosecutor had to file formal charges within three business days or release conditions set by Whitman County Judge David Frazier would expire.

Druffel can file charges up to three years after the crime in question, but he expects to file charges next week, he said.

The victim, David Warner, an instructor for the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, has been released from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to hospital staff. He sustained a head injury and was in critical condition for several days following the assault.

Warner has been transferred to the Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Post Falls, according to the Rally for David Warner Facebook page.