FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The federal trial of a motel handyman accused of killing a Yosemite National Park naturalist will be moved out of Fresno and postponed six months to give the defense more time to prepare.
U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii has delayed the trial of Cary Stayner, accused of killing 26-year-old Joie Armstrong a year ago, from Oct. 17 to April 10.
Ishii granted a change of venue but did not decide where the trial will be held.
Stayner, 38, faces the death penalty if convicted. The trial is being held in federal court because Armstrong was killed in a national park.
Stayner faces a second trial in state court in the February 1999 deaths of Carole Sund, her daughter, Juli, and their family friend, Silvina Pelosso of Argentina.
Ishii postponed the trial to give Stayner's attorneys more time to analyze 28,000 pages of evidence received so far.