Prosecutors have turned over more investigative reports to attorneys representing a Umatilla man accused of killing three Pasco residents in a Benton County cornfield in August.
But Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller has yet to decide if he will pursue the death penalty for Francisco J. Resendez Miranda, 23.
Resendez Miranda appeared briefly Tuesday in Superior Court.
Attorneys told Judge Bruce Spanner they have exchanged evidence and need more time to review it.
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Resendez Miranda previously pleaded innocent to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. His trial is set for late October.
The bodies of Abigail Torres-Renteria, 23, Victoria Torres, 19, and David Perez-Saucedo, 22, were found Aug. 9 on farmland off Nine Canyon Road.
The murder charge carries an aggravating circumstance that Torres-Renteria was almost nine months pregnant when she was shot. A murder charge cannot be filed for an unborn baby under state law.
Aggravated murder in Washington carries a sentence of life without the possibility of release, or death, if prosecutors decide to seek the death penalty.
Resendez Miranda was appointed two attorneys — Shane Silverthorn of Ellensburg and Michael Iaria of Seattle — because of that possibility.
Resendez Miranda’s father and two brothers are wanted for questioning in the case. Authorities say Fidel Miranda Huitron, Eduardo Miranda-Resendiz and Jesus Miranda-Resendiz may have left the country.