A 48-year-old man charged with killing a female friend inside his Pasco apartment won't face a jury until next January.
Guadalupe Montejano waived his right to a speedy trial Tuesday so the scheduled July date could be moved to Jan. 12.
Montejano is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with one count of first-degree murder.
Deputy Prosecutor Dave Corkrum and defense attorney Shelley Ajax didn't give a reason for the lengthy delay, other than saying they're following the court's scheduling order by setting out all hearing dates in the case.
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Pasco police found the body of Tamie Alane Clark-Acevedo on Jan. 3 stuffed in a closet in Montejano's Lewis Street apartment, according to court documents.
Her body was covered by a sleeping bag.
Clark-Acevedo, 46, suffered severe head wounds and her throat had a deep cut, documents said.
The victim and the suspect were acquaintances, and she reportedly was staying with him until she could afford to find a place of her own.
Montejano is in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail.