Attorneys for accused double-murderer Dwayne Woods came to court Friday seeking a seven-month delay before trial.
That’s exactly what the 25-year-old Woods told the judge he didn’t want.
Woods asked Spokane Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue not to postpone his murder trial because he’s entitled to a speedy trial to prove his innocence.
The trial is set to start Oct. 23.
Woods insisted his primary attorney, public defender Gary Hemingway, was moving too slowly.
“I’ve already agreed to one trial delay, and (the public defender) has grossly misused that time,” Woods told Donohue.
Woods told Donohue he wanted the trial to start in October. “I’m willing to defend myself,” Woods added.
He is charged with first degree aggravated murder for the deaths of Jade Moore, 18, and Telisha Shaver, 22. Both died in the hospital after being beaten and raped in a Valley mobile home April 27.
Police say Telisha Shaver’s sister, Venus Shaver, 19, was also beaten but survived. She told police she was attacked by a black man named Dwayne.
Woods is charged with attempted murder for that attack.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty because of the violent nature of the two murders and the related crimes of assault and rape.
Deputy Prosecutor Kathryn Lee told Donohue she opposes moving the trial date again.
Some of the victims’ relatives glared angrily when Hemingway told Donohue the case is too complex for him to prepare an adequate defense by October.
Donohue said he wasn’t inclined to wait until May for the trial to start. “That’s almost a year” from the time of the crime.
He ordered Hemingway and Chief Public Defender Richard Fasy - who defended Woods on an earlier assault conviction - to prepare a better estimate of the time they’ll need.
Hemingway said the biggest demand will be for time to analyze results of DNA tests the prosecution will say proves Woods committed the murders at the mobile home.
Hemingway said the DNA test results are not finished, and when they are, he and Fasy need an independent laboratory to run similar tests.
Judge Donohue said he might extend the trial a short while, depending on how long independent testing takes.
The hearing started more than an hour late because sheriff’s jailers were unable to find Woods on their inmate list.
When he was first booked into jail, Woods gave the name of Michael Smith. When ordered to bring Woods to court, the jailers had no record of him because the records list him as Michael Smith, a deputy told a visibly irritated Donohue.
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