Judge dismisses triple-homicide case

PHOENIX - Whether a man already sentenced to prison for attacking police officers in a Phoenix suburb will eventually stand trial in the killings of three Washington state residents in rural western Arizona is uncertain after a judge dismissed charges in the triple-homicide case while chastising prosecutors for being unprepared for trial.

La Paz County Superior Court Judge Matthew Newman said in a recent order that he dismissed the triple-homicide case against Kitage Lynch because prosecutors failed to have DNA evidence tested and prepare for trial while Lynch was locked up in Phoenix in the Maricopa County case.
    
Newman's order allows charges to be refiled in the triple-homicide case, and La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers said his office will review the results of scientific evidence testing "and proceed accordingly."

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