|7/23/2018 7:43:00 AM|
Valdez trial rescheduled for October
A trail for Austin Valdez, 19, has been rescheduled for October 22 and is expected to last four days.
Valdez is charged with second degree reckless homicide. He was arrested following an investigation into the shooting death of Robin Reeson, 46, at Reeson's Ridgeway home March 24. Valdez alleges that he was scared of Reeson who he said was arguing with his mother then headed toward the steps where Valdez was standing with a hunting rifle. The incident report says that Valdez shot Reeson twice in the chest, causing his death.
The case will be tried in front of Judge William A, Sharp. Prior to the trial a motion hearing will be held August 14 at 9:30 a.m. and a telephone conference is scheduled for October 19 at 9:30 a.m.
At a July 9 telephone conference with Judge Sharp, Valdez's attorney, Jeremiah Wolfgang Meyer-O'Day withdrew his request for a speedy trail and asked for the October reschedule. Iowa County District Attorney Larry Nelson, who is prosecuting the case, did not object.
When the trial dates were established for August, O'Day felt five days would be needed. He told the court he felt the trial could be shortened to four days in October.
Meyer-O'Day has been actively seeking a change of venue for the trial. Court records show he has filed affidavit of counsel six times for the change. All have been denied. One of the affidavits in support of the move came from Melanie Reeson. Robin's widow and Austin's mother.
Nelson filed an objection to the change of venue request on July 3, along with a demand for discovery.
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