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Baumrucker trial pushed to next year

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a joint request to push the trial of Matthew Baumrucker, the Spokane County Jail inmate tied to former Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright.

Baumrucker, 31, remains in custody at the jail on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wright faces a charge in Spokane County District Court of rendering criminal assistance, a misdemeanor, and her next court date is scheduled for next month.

Wright told federal investigators earlier this year she provided Baumrucker, who has been convicted of multiple felonies, with a photograph of herself in a bikini at a bodybuilding competition, according to court records. A request to her attorney to describe the nature of her relationship with Baumrucker has gone unanswered.

Baumrucker's cell was searched in April after a jail guard reported seeing Wright visit the 31-year-old frequently, though she was not involved in his case. Wright told investigators she met Baumrucker while prosecuting a domestic violence case against him.

A trial on the firearm charge was scheduled to being next week in a Spokane federal courtroom, but Judge Fred Van Sickle pushed that date to February. Federal prosecutors indicated a new indictment on additional charges will likely be filed next month. Baumrucker has asked that all evidence discovered in the case, including Brady v. Maryland material on any of the investigators involved in his case, be provided.

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