Trial delay likely for men accused of shooting at Travis County judge

10:59 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2017 Local

10:45 a.m. The October trial of three men suspected of trying to kill Travis County state district Judge Julie Kocurek will likely be pushed back to 2018.

But before he decides anything, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel said he wants attorneys for the defendants to file a motion by next week formally requesting the delay.

Yeakel hinted that the new trial date would be Feb. 5.

Lawyers for Chimene Onyeri and Marcellus Burgin said they have a significant amount of evidence to sort through before they’ll be ready for trial. They each asked the judge to push back the trial by 90 days, which would be early January. But Yeakel said he suspects the attorneys won’t want to work too hard over the holidays, so he proposed February.

Onyeri’s attorney, Leonard Martinez, said he’s running into additional complications because another attorney who was helping on the case must drop out for personal reasons.

Daniel Wannamaker, attorney for Rasul Scott, informed the court he may request that his client be tried separately because he has minimal suspected involvement in the case. Wannamaker added that one of the other defendants made a recorded statement indicating Scott had little or nothing to do with the alleged criminal conspiracy. As he was saying that, Onyeri nodded his head affirmatively.

7:30 a.m. Three men accused of trying to kill Travis County state district Judge Julie Kocurek in 2015 will appear in federal Western District Court for a status hearing Monday morning.

Attorneys for Chimene Onyeri, Marcellus Burgin and Rasul Scott are expected to update U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel on whether they’ll be ready for trial on Oct. 11.

At a hearing in May, the lawyers requested that the judge delay the trial by three months to give them time to sort through stacks of evidence in the case. Yeakel said he wouldn’t commit to anything until the next hearing.

Investigators believe Onyeri wanted Kocurek killed because she was going to send him back to prison for a probation violation. Kocurek suffered injuries from shrapnel and glass and lost a finger. She has since returned to the bench.

This is a developing story; check back for details.

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