Murder case continued to December
Oct. 16, 2012 — Court proceedings continue for Joanna Lynne McElrath and Robin Glen James who are being held to answer in the death of off-duty police officer Robert McElrath.
The defendants and their counsel, Bud Landreth and Larry Barnes, appeared in Lassen Superior Court Tuesday, Oct. 16 where a hearing for a change of venue motion was continued to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.
According to visiting Judge John T. Ball, the expert for the defense team has yet to complete the required work for the defense to make the change of venue motion.
Lassen County District Attorney Bob Burns, on behalf of the people, reiterated his desire that the case be expedited.
Ball said little can be done by the defense, the court or the people to expedite the case more than it already is.
The defendants are being held in custody without bail on charges of premeditated murder and conspiracy in the January 2011 death of Joanna’s estranged husband Robert McElrath.
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