A former Pasco police officer will be retried on charges he raped a woman in 2014 after a Franklin County jury was unable to reach a verdict in July.
Richard J. Aguirre, 52, will be retried on rape charges three months after his scheduled trial in Spokane County on separate charges for allegedly murdering a woman there decades ago.
On Tuesday, Judge Carrie L. Runge set a trial date of March 15 for the rape case in Franklin County Superior Court.
Aguirre waived his right to a speedy trial after a representative for his attorney said the firm has a busy fall preparing for some high-profile cases, including Aguirre’s trial on charges he murdered Ruby J. Doss in Spokane County in 1986.
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Aguirre’s attorney indicated they will renew their request to move the rape retrial to another county because the media coverage tainted potential jurors.