Salman Rushdie was stabbed two years ago. When will his accused attacker go to trial?

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The New Jersey man accused of brutally attacking renowned author Salman Rushdie at a lecture in Chautauqua, New York, is heading to trial in late summer.

Rushdie will testify against him.

Jury selection for the trial of Hadi Matar, 26, will begin the week of Sept. 9, according to the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office.

The trial, which was originally scheduled to begin this past January, was postponed due to a request by Matar’s defense to obtain the manuscript of Rushdie’s new memoir and any related material prior to beginning trial.

The memoir, entitled “Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder,” was released in April.

Rushdie and Henry Reese, who was also injured in the attack, will both testify at the trial, according to an email from the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Jason Schmidt previously told reporters that his "biggest hurdle" will be picking a fair and impartial jury due to the level of publicity surrounding the incident. He said he anticipates jury selection lasting about two weeks.

He said he expects the presentation of his case to be less than a week, according to the email.

Matar was apprehended on Aug. 12, 2022, after authorities say he rushed the stage of the Chautauqua Institution's amphitheater and repeatedly stabbed Rushdie, 76, and injured Reese, 74, who was the moderator.

Matar faces charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. He’s pleaded not guilty to both charges and has been held without bail at the Chautauqua County Jail.

Prosecutors argue that Matar's attack was not random but motivated by the fatwa, or death threat, issued by Iran's leadership against Rushdie over the author's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses."

Rushdie underwent surgery at UPMC Hamot in Erie. He suffered serious wounds to his neck, chest and torso that took away sight in an eye and left a hand incapacitated. He's recently made several public appearances as part of a book tour for his new memoir.

Reese, who suffered a minor facial injury, was released from an Erie hospital the day of the attack.

A.J. Rao can be reached at arao@gannett.com. Follow him on X @ETNRao.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Salman Rushdie's accused attacker heads to trial later this summer