Attorneys on the case of a 46-year-old woman found dead inside a Pasco apartment said Friday that the suspect's trial still is on track for Jan. 12.
Guadalupe Montejano is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree murder.
The body of his friend, Tamie Alane Clark-Acevedo, was stuffed in a closet in Montejano's Lewis Street apartment. Police made the discovery Jan. 3.
Clark-Acevedo reportedly was staying with Montejano until she could afford to find a place of her own.
She suffered severe head wounds and her throat had a deep cut, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Shelley Ajax said she's dealing with a lot of witnesses who are homeless, so she's asked Prosecutor Shawn Sant to help with the interviews of "three key people."
Sant said his office is trying to set them up for next week.
The lawyers also are awaiting the results of DNA and fingerprint tests on several items of evidence.
Ajax will decide, after getting that information from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, whether to ask for a hearing on whether the results can be used at the trial.