West murder trial pushed back again

The trial for the Juneau man facing murder charges after a fatal car crash last summer has been pushed back again.

During a pretrial hearing on Thursday, public defender David Seid requested the trial for Ryan W. West, 26, be reset for May. The 10-day trial was scheduled to begin March 12.

Seid told the judge he is still waiting to receive DNA test results, which he called imperative to the defense. He said there is also an issue involving an out-of-state witness, and more time is needed for motions as well as possible hearings.

District Attorney David Brower did not object to the re-scheduling.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez agreed to vacate the March 12 trial start date and scheduled a status hearing for next week to discuss a new trial date.

West, who is still in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, agreed on Thursday to waive his Rule 45 rights, which guarantees his right to a speedy trial.

He was involved in a single-vehicle crash near Mile 32 of Glacier Highway on June 6, 2011 that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Gabriel Carte. He was indicted by a grand jury in August on one count of second-degree murder, an unclassified felony.

The trial was originally slated for December.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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