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9:43 PM Sun, Dec. 09th

DNA dispute pushes back murder trial

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

KINGMAN - Concerns over DNA evidence have pushed back the second-degree murder trial of a Golden Valley man. The trial date for the case has been continued at least five times.

Robert L. Reed, 63, of Kingman is charged with the shooting death of Gary Shain on March 17, 2007. Reed turned himself in to authorities the day after the shooting in Redding, Calif.

Public Defender David Corbett argued that the County Attorney's Office had not responded to a request to provide notes and other information on the DNA testing of the gun used in the crime.

Corbett said preliminary information from the CAO's DNA expert from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Flagstaff, showed that there were two male DNA donors on the weapon's grip. One donor was identified as Reed. Tests on the DNA from the other donor were inconclusive.

Corbett also filed a motion to exclude any testimony or evidence from a prior incident involving a witness and Reed.

Deputy County Attorney Ros Saciuk argued that his office was waiting on the disclosure of Reed's medical records from the Public Defender's Office.

A hearing on the matters has been set for Friday.

Both attorneys also requested that the trial date for the case, which was set for Sept. 16, be moved, because neither attorney was going to be ready to go to trial on that date.

Conn moved the trial to Oct. 15 and the jury trial management hearing to Sept. 29.