De Anda murder trial continues


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

The trial of a Garden City man accused of raping, sodomizing and killing a Deerfield teen has been continued.

Joaquin De Anda, 19, is charged with first-degree murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in connection with the December 2008 death of Julia Quintana, 16.

The trial was set for March 22 to April 1, but has been continued until July 7, according to Linda Lobmeyer, assistant Finney County Attorney who is prosecuting the case along with Lora Ingels.

Defense Attorney Melanie Freeman-Johnson, a member of the Death Penalty Defense Team, Topeka, had filed a motion to continue the trial that was denied by Judge Michael L. Quint. During a pre-trial conference Friday, prosecutors supported the motion to continue. Lobmeyer said there were some issues with scientific testing getting done in time, and the defense was missing some discovery. Lobmeyer said the trial will begin July 7 with jury selection July 7 and 8. Testimony will begin July 11 and is scheduled through July 22.

Another pre-trial conference has been scheduled for May 2, Lobmeyer said.

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