The trial for the former Capital High School teacher accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor student has been delayed for more than six months.
Rene Elena Carter is being charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
The trial was originally set for June 4, but Carter’s lawyer, Palmer Hoovestal, moved to continue the trial because “the defense needs additional time to complete its investigation.”
“This motion is not made for the purpose of harassment or delay, but so that the Defendant can be afforded her right to due process of law and the effective assistance of counsel,” Hoovestal wrote.
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Carter will not suggest that the delay will affect the speedy trial clause, a legal requirement that allows an accused person to have their case heard within a certain amount of time.
The trial would have been delayed anyway due to a backlog in the court system, and County Attorney Leo Gallagher did not object to continuing the case.
A tentative trial date has been set for Dec. 10.