The Oct. 14 trial for a man accused of killing Preston Yahne of Prosser during an alleged drug deal likely will be postponed.
Prosecutor Andy Miller and defense lawyer Alexandria Sheridan told a judge Wednesday they're expecting crime lab reports in the case against Robert B. McCorkindale, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder.
McCorkindale claims the two men met in a remote location and were waiting on another person when they got into an argument.
He said Yahne pulled out a box cutter and tried to stab him with it, but McCorkindale was able to disarm him before grabbing his own knife from a leg strap and hitting Yahne in the chest, according to court documents.
McCorkindale then ran over Yahne, 22, several times with the victim's car as he tried to run away, documents said.
Yahne's body allegedly was placed in the trunk, and the following day the Dodge Avenger was driven to a gravel pit in Sunnyside and set on fire.
Yahne's burned body was found inside the trunk days later by a tow truck driver. His family reported Yahne missing on June 16.
McCorkindale will return to court Oct. 2 to discuss the trial date. He is in jail on $250,000 bail.
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