Pasco man waives right to speedy trial

Tri-City HeraldFebruary 27, 2014 

The trial for a Pasco man accused of cutting a woman's throat and stuffing her body in his closet has been moved to July 9.

Guadalupe Montejano, 48, waived his right to a speedy trial Thursday and agreed to the four-month delay.

Montejano is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree murder.

The victim, Tamie Clark-Acevedo, was found Jan. 3 in Montejano's apartment on Lewis Street. Her body was covered by a sleeping bag.

Clark-Acevedo, 46, suffered severe head wounds. She died from a deep cut to her throat, according to Coroner Dan Blasdel.

Neighbors reported hearing screams and items breaking inside the apartment earlier that day. It is not known how long she had been dead when Pasco officers got the tip and found her.

The case had been assigned to Judge Cameron Mitchell, but defense attorney Shelley Ajax last week filed an affidavit of prejudice against him. She didn't have to give a reason.

Judge Carrie Runge now will preside over Montejano's matter.

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