Trial date set for Washington

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008

JUNEAU - A tentative trial date for Aaron Washington is set for June 2 in Juneau Superior Court.

Washington, 42, was named in a 36-count indictment in March accusing him and Vonnie Williams, 44, of selling cocaine and leading a crime gang in Juneau.

Williams also is scheduled for trial in June.

William Carey, Washington's attorney, appearing by phone, told Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins the June date could work for trial.

"This is a complicated matter. We're going to go with it for now," Carey said.

The trial could get bumped to a later date this summer if Washington waives his right to a speedy trial in favor of more time for Carey to prepare for his defense.

Investigators say the case against the alleged drug partners is based upon witness testimony and informants. Cocaine allegedly sold by Washington arrived by mail, though authorities said none of the intercepted drug packages were addressed to Washington.

At least two hearings are scheduled before the trial begins.

If convicted on all counts, Washington faces a maximum of 99 years in prison.

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