In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, court updates:
RYAN COX TRIAL DATE CHANGES AGAIN: Three months after repeat offender Ryan Cox was charged with stabbing a man in Gatewood, his trial date has changed again. Court records show that early on, Cox insisted on going to trial on the second-degree-assault charge, and after the first date was postponed, he was scheduled for a trial-readiness hearing today. Instead, his lawyer told the judge they need more time to prepare, and obtained another postponement – over Cox’s objection, according to the document filed after the hearing. The trial-readiness hearing is now planned for December 22nd, with the trial date tentatively set for January 29th.
OTHER CASES WE’RE FOLLOWING: We’ve been asked about other defendants arrested in high-profile cases in the past few months. Right now, these defendants are all in the phase where they’ve appeared for a case-setting hearing, at which their lawyers sought a continuance to a later date: Anna Kasparova, charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting death of Edixon Velasquez, is due back in court November 30th, as is her co-defendant Abel Linares … Jonatan Islas-Martinez, Diego Carballo-Olivares, and Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio, all charged with murder in the Westcrest Park stabbing death of Derek Juarez-Lopez, are due back in court January 10th … Kierra Ward, charged with two counts of assault in the Admiral stabbing attack on a mom out walking her baby, is now due back in court November 29th.