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.


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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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