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Trial date delayed again in Jimenez cases
A Yuma County Superior Court judge has scheduled another hearing to set a trial date for Jose Jimenez, who is charged with the murder of 29-year-old Christal Figueroa.
During a hearing Wednesday, Jimenez's court-appointed attorney, Kristi Riggins of the Yuma County Public Defender's Office, informed the court that she still waiting discovery in both cases against her client, specifically for dashboard video camera footage from four deputies from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and scientific testing on a number items of evidence by the state crime lab.
Jimenez has two cases against him. In the murder case, he has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder per domestic violence, one count of criminal damage and one misdemeanor count of striking an unattended vehicle. He has also been charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement in a separate aggravated assault case.
Riggins also informed the court, following a request by prosecutors for the trial to start the second week of November, that she would be out of town in October. She also expressed her concerns over not knowing which attorney from the Yuma County Attorney's Office would be prosecuting the cases, before being informed Karolyn Kaczorowski would be prosecuting the murder case and William Katz the assault case.
Superior Court Judge David Haws, who is presiding over the case, then scheduled a hearing for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25, at which time a date for trial could possibly be set.
Figueroa's body was found at approximately 11 a.m. March 22 in a citrus grove near County 17th Street and Avenue 2E. The mother of three had been shot 16 times with three different weapons. In all, six suspects are facing various charges for their alleged roles before and after the murder.
Several of the suspects arrested in the murder were also involved in a hit-and-run that happened earlier the same morning at approximately 7:50.
Jimenez was arrested in early April after deputies from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office found him hiding in the shower of a home where two of his associates were at the time.
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