Judge denies slaying trial delay

A motion to push back the trial date of a triple-homicide suspect was denied Friday by Superior Court Judge James Blanchard.

Adrian Tywan Hargrove faces the death penalty if convicted at trial, which will continue as scheduled on April 24. Hargrove is accused of stabbing three people to death in 2008: Andrew Hartley Jr., 45; Sharon Hartley, 46; and their daughter, Allyson Pederson, 18.

He is also indicted on a charge of feticide for the death of Pederson’s unborn child.

His capital defenders argued Friday that a heavy caseload prevented them from adequately preparing Hargrove’s case in the allotted time.

“In a case of this magnitude, when Mr. Hargrove’s life is literally in the balance, .... with all due respect, that April 24 date has to be continued,” attorney Teri Thompson said.

District Attorney Ashley Wright countered that the caseload complaints and shifting personnel changes at the capital defender’s office are an internal problem and should not affect the defendant and his rights.

“I don’t believe there’s a reason beyond convenience ... to provide yet another delay in this matter,” Wright said.

Blanchard indicated early in the hearing that he was not inclined to continue the trial date for the requested 90 days. There will always be some issue or another case standing in the way, Blanchard said.

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