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Lawrence murder trial delayed again

A 23-year-old man who has been in jail for five years awaiting trial in a Lawrence murder case will wait longer, after a judge ordered more testing in the case.

Rontarus Washington is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the November 2014 death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso.  The Lawrence Journal-World reports a trial has been delayed several times for various reasons.

The first trial in September 2019 ended in a hung jury and a second trial was scheduled to begin this month.  The latest delay revolves around fingernail clippings from Mosso.  During a hearing Monday, defense attorneys argued for more time to have the evidence tested.

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