Monday, August 20, 2007

Leahy's Trial date postponed pending release of prison records

Trial date postponed pending release of prison records

The trial date for Jennifer Gayle Leahy, one-time wife and co-defendant of Richard Craig Kesser, won't be known until at least Sept. 6.

At the request of the attorneys, Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen agreed to postpone the trial date setting. Leahy and Kesser, found guilty in 1992 of hiring a hitman to kill Kesser's former wife, Mary Kesser of Fortuna, recently were granted retrials. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the former deputy district attorney rejected potential jurors on the basis of their race.

Kesser subsequently reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office last week that requires him to testify against Leahy.

Leahy's attorney, Neal Sanders, said Monday that the delay in setting a trial date was requested to await permission to get Kesser's prison records.

A judge is expected to rule Sept. 5 whether those prison records will be made available. Leahy will remain in custody in the Humboldt County Correctional facility.

The Times-Standard Article Launched: 08/20/2007 03:51:23 PM PDT

So, in the meantime, since Kesser (where is he being housed anyway?) has to confess his role as part of his plea deal - which reporter will get the interview? I hope it is one who does their homework - looks at the records, looks at the crime scene photos, and understands the magnitude of the crime.

1 comment:

  1. The Times Standard says Leahy was his wife but other articles say girlfriend. Which was it?


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