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Court-appointed Attorney Could Delay Teenager's Murder Trial

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Kennewick, WA- The trial of a teenager from West Richland could be facing another delay.

Donald Schalchlin is accused of helping a friend murder Schalchlin's mother and sister in December 2007. The friend, josh tucker, pleaded guilty and is now serving a 40 year prison sentence.

Today judge Craig Matheson appointed Tucker an attorney after social workers expressed concern that their confidential conversations with tucker and his family could be used in Schalchlin's trial.

If the appointed attorney decides to argue for tucker's right to privacy, that could further delay Schalchlin's trial, currently scheduled to begin in June.

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