Judge Frustrated with Delays in Murder Trial 8/7/12
CBS 7 News
August 7, 2012
ODESSA, TX - The trial of a 14-year-old charged in the murder of a 4-year-old has been pushed back yet again.
Judge Jim Bobo tells CBS 7 yesterday the state asked for a continuance after a doctor, that they believe to be important to the case, had a cardiac episode and was unable to fly in from Arizona.
“I felt like I would be hurting the case if I did not give them the opportunity to get the doctor here,” explained Bobo after granting the request to delay the trial.
Jury selection was set to begin Monday, but it has been pushed to August 27th with opening statements beginning August 28th.
Describing the case as having a “snake bite,” Judge Bobo says it is very rare for one of his cases to take this long to be tried, and has warned both parties to not ask for any other continuances. He says everyone involved has asked for a continuance and both sides have had health problems.
Four-year-old Walker Lumpkin died last July from what medical officials say was blunt force trauma to the head.