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Blanco murder trial postponed until January for logistical reasons

A bench at Metcalfe Park was dedicated by the Cranston family and friends in memory of Sidney Cranston Jr., who was killed on June 15, 2015. (Photo by Hubble Ray Smith/Daily Miner)

A bench at Metcalfe Park was dedicated by the Cranston family and friends in memory of Sidney Cranston Jr., who was killed on June 15, 2015. (Photo by Hubble Ray Smith/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – The jury trial for accused murderer Alfredo Gerardo Blanco has been continued until Jan. 15 due to logistical factors, attorney Bob Moon said Monday.

Blanco, 62, charged with the first-degree murder of real estate investor Sidney Cranston Jr., was scheduled to go to trial today after a mistrial was declared in September.

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Alfredo Blanco is wheeled out of Mohave County Superior Court during his trial in September that was declared a mistrial after three days. His trial has been postponed until Jan. 15. (Photo by Hubble Ray Smith/Daily Miner)

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert approved the order to continue the trial on Oct. 19 after both sides agreed to postpone the Nov. 27 date, Moon said.

Lambert declared a mistrial on the third day of Blanco’s trial on Sept. 27 when witness and co-defendant William Sanders made a statement during his testimony that drew an objection from defense attorney Robin Puchek.

After a short conference with the attorneys in Lambert’s chambers, the judge stated his findings to the jury and declared a mistrial.

Sanders, who pleaded guilty to concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence in exchange for his testimony, was recounting a telephone conversation he had with Blanco following an FBI interview on Jan. 6, 2017, when he made the statement.

Blanco worked as a property manager and handyman for Cranston, who owned several rental properties around Kingman.

He’s accused of killing Cranston on June 16, 2015, and burying his body on a ranch east of Kingman. Cranston was missing for 19 months before Sanders led FBI agents to the body in January 2017.

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