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.
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.