Judge postpones murder trial
The trial for murder suspect Charles David Ellison, the Lake Havasu City man accused of killing an elderly Kingman couple in 1999, was postponed Friday until early December.
Originally scheduled to start Sept.
6, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Robert Moon reluctantly granted a motion to discontinue the trial and set the new date for Dec.
Vincent Iannone, Ellison's attorney, had asked for the continuance so a psychologist can evaluate his client for a possible mental health defense.
Moon said that the mental evaluation would probably be more productive for the sentencing stage of the case rather than for the trial itself.
"I feel I am cornered into granting a continuance," Moon said.
Deputy County Attorney Matt Smith asked that the new trial date would be a firm date and not be continued again.
The long-delayed murder case was partly due to the shortage of lawyers in the county's public defender's office during the summer and fall of 2000.
Iannone, a private attorney from Lake Havasu City, took over the case from the public defender's office in October.
Ellison, 34, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary in the murders of Lillian Boucher, 73, and her husband Joseph Boucher, 79, after allegedly burglarizing their Kingman home Feb.
Ellison's codefendant, Richard Finch, also from Lake Havasu City, has already been tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murders.
In September, a jury found Finch guilty of first-degree murder for his part in the Bouchers' deaths.
In an emotional hearing in March, Moon sentenced Finch, 27, to life in prison.
Boucher's relatives had sought the death penalty.
Finch and Ellison reportedly met in a bar in Lake Havasu City the day of the murders.
Ellison then allegedly asked Finch to back him up for an out-of-town job.
Finch agreed and accompanied Ellison to Kingman where they stopped at another bar, then proceeded to a Kingman neighborhood, records show.
They allegedly entered the Bouchers' home, tied up the couple and stole some jewelry, a gun and some cash before allegedly suffocating the couple to death.
The Bouchers' bodies were discovered two days later.
Finch was arrested two days after the murder, while Ellison was arrested several days later.