The murder trial of a Grandview man accused of stabbing and running another man over was pushed back Thursday due to an emergency in a defense attorney’s family.
The defense and prosecutors agreed to reschedule Robert McCorkindale’s first-degree murder trial to late September. The trial was originally slated to start early next month.
An emergency in co-counsel Michelle Alexander’s family was the reason for the delay. Both sides agreed not to discuss the nature of the emergency at a hearing Thursday morning in Benton County Superior Court.
McCorkindale, 25, was charged with murder after Preston Yahne’s body was found June 18th burned in the trunk of his car outside of Sunnyside.
Both men apparently got into an argument and McCorkindale claims he stabbed Yahne in self defense, court documents said. McCorkindale then ran over Yahne several times with the Prosser man’s own car.
McCorkindale and his girlfriend Laura Bancroft were arrested shortly after the body was found.
Bancroft entered an Alford plea to second-degree arson and first-degree rendering criminal assistance for helping cover up the murder, but she was later granted immunity by prosecutors for her testimony against McCorkindale.