KENNEWICK, Wash. –Washington State Crime Lab scientists say they will have blood spatters and other forensic evidence ready by early January, but defense attorneys for a woman accused of murder say it's too late.
Lawyers for Tashia Stuart say their experts won't have enough time to study the evidence in time for a February trial. The public defenders accuse Franklin County prosecutors of violating Stuart's constitutional right to a speedy trial and have filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge.
Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell will hear arguments on the defense motion in January.
Pasco police arrested Stuart in March of 2011 after she shot and killed her adoptive mother.
Stuart claims she shot Judy Hebert in self-defense when Hebert came after her with an ax.