Kodiak Daily Mirror - Murder trial could be in June
  
Murder trial could be in June
by Wes Hanna / whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com
Jan 10, 2012 | 238 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The trial date for two defendants charged with murder in the death of Austin Van Long, 19, on Oct. 20 during an alleged street race will be postponed several months after defense attorneys argued that trying the case this month would not be possible.

The trial of Markryan Portillo and William Mecham had originally been scheduled to begin Jan. 30.

Portillo’s attorney, Craig Howard, said he had only been served with the state’s expert’s report last week and had not had time to review it and decide if he would call his own experts.

Defense attorneys requested to have the trial date extended to June 4, in part because of several other trials scheduled in the next few months.

District attorney Stephen Wallace requested a further court appearance Friday before setting a trial date to make sure his expert witnesses could attend a June trial.

“I don’t necessarily object to having it set in June, but I want to make sure to have my ducks in a row in terms of witnesses being available for this date,” he said.

Judge Steve Cole requested that parties communicate and be ready to have a firm trial date by the Friday court hearing.

“I know that the family of the victim may want some closure on this, but I think I can’t see how we can avoid (a continuance),” Cole said.

Contact Mirror writer Wes Hanna at whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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