A Gardnerville man denied charges of assault and stalking in District Court on Monday.
David Christopher Springer, 30, pleaded not guilty to several felony charges.
District Judge Michael Gibbons asked why Springer was being representated by Matt Ence and not one of the county's contracted attorneys.
Attorney Kris Brown said she prosecuted Springer in 2008 when he was convicted of child abuse, and attorney Derrick Lopez said he defended the victim in the case.
Springer said Tod Young defended him in 2008.
"I thought he did a good job for me in the last case," he said.
A Jan. 22, 2013 trial date was set in the case, with a Jan. 14 pre-trial conference. Springer has been in custody since April 7.
Springer was bound over on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a public officer, aggravated stalking, intimidating or dissuading a witness and domestic battery committed by strangulation.
The 47-year-old victim testified at a preliminary in August that she began dating Springer about a year ago, and he moved in with her in September 2011.
She said the relationship turned violent after he moved in and she suffered frequent beatings at his hands which left her bruised all over her body. She said he also pulled out her hair.
The woman said she endured the abuse because Springer threatened to kill her and her family if she told.
She said one time Springer put a pillow over her face as she lay on the kitchen floor and stomped on it, breaking her nose. She claimed he pushed it back into place so no one would know it had been broken.
Springer was arrested after the woman's family members became suspicious and managed to get her out of the house on a ruse that she was having coffee with her sister who was visiting from out of town.