Joshua Wade murder trial postponed

Posted: Tuesday, January 05, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A ruling by a federal judge has postponed the capital murder trial against Joshua Wade until summer.

The trial of the 29-year-old Anchorage man was originally scheduled to begin in Fairbanks in March. Wade's attorneys, however, filed for an extension.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline says the trial should be delayed, given the efforts of both parties to prepare for trial and "the need to complete mitochondrial DNA testing."

Wade, who faces the death penalty if convicted, is accused of the 2007 murder of his neighbor, nurse practitioner Mindy Schloss.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that jury selection set to begin Aug. 23.

Another judge, U.S. Magistrate John Roberts, has rejected Wade's efforts to get the murder and other charges dismissed because jailhouse staff opened his legal mail.

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