PASCO -- Vicente Ruiz will face his third jury Aug. 23.
The court set the date Thursday even though one of the defense lawyers has another trial starting in early September.
Franklin County Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn had argued that Ruiz doesn't need three lawyers to be adequately represented, and said he was concerned the defendant would complain about his speedy trial rights being violated if they pushed it out too far.
Judge Cameron Mitchell agreed that he wanted to stay within the speedy trial period.
The defense had proposed dates in late August, November and January.
Attorney Peter Connick has a six-week trial in Tacoma starting Sept. 7, and Kevin Holt said he's not sure if his co-counsel can get that changed.
Bob Thompson said his client has been in custody for nearly four years and wants this resolved as soon as possible, but also wants to keep his defense team intact and is willing to wait.
Thompson also said the defense has not ruled out asking to move the trial to another county.
This will be Ruiz's third trial in Franklin County Superior Court on five counts of aggravated first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder.
A mistrial was declared Tuesday by Mitchell because stacks of police reports weren't handed over to the defense.
Mitchell ruled some of that information could be favorable to the defense and the lawyers should have at least a month to investigate it.
The first mistrial was declared in September 2008, before a jury was seated, to allow the defense time to test for DNA on a straw hat in evidence.
Prosecutors allege Ruiz was one of two men responsible for the Oct. 13, 1987, shootings at Medina's Body Shop.
His cousin, Pedro Mendez-Reyna, already is serving a life sentence for his role and agreed to testify against Ruiz after naming him as the second shooter.
Ruiz, 45, has maintained his innocence and claims he was wrongly identified.
The next trial is expected to last a minimum of six weeks, and more likely two months, attorneys said.