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Trial delayed for a man accused of killing 4 in Casa Grande

Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 16:59:38-04

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - The trial date for one of two men accused of killing four people in Casa Grande in 2017 is being pushed back.

Rodney Ortiz had been scheduled to go on trial Jan. 22.

But defense and prosecution attorneys didn't think they'd be ready by then and asked Monday for a vacated trial date.

According to the Casa Grande Dispatch, a new trial date for Ortiz likely will be determined after a Sept. 30 status hearing.

Ortiz and Alec Perez are accused of killing two men and two women at a housing complex in October 2017.

Prosecutors say they're seeking the death penalty for Ortiz and Perez and both men will be tried separately.

Ortiz was 22 years old at the time of the quadruple murder while Perez was 31.