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Prosecutors claim defense is dragging its feet

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PASCO, Wash. -- Prosecutors in the murder trial for Vicente Ruiz are accusing his defense lawyers of dragging their feet in an attempt to get a mistrial.

Ruiz is the man accused of murdering five men in a Pasco auto body shop 23 years ago.

The defense team showed up to court Monday morning with 600 pages of what they say is new evidence they need to look over.

Prosecutors, however, say there is nothing new in those pages.

Deputy Prosecutor Frank Jenny says the defense is trying to delay the trial long enough to conflicts with jurors' schedules.

The trial, expected to last six weeks, has already lost one juror because of delays. 

Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell excused the jurors for the day and scheduled a hearing tomorrow when prosecutors and defense lawyers will argue whether the new material is relevant. 

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