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Local News in Brief : Stalker Trial Delay Asked

January 07, 1988

Attorneys for Night Stalker suspect Richard Ramirez sought to postpone his often delayed trial until April, prompting the judge to chastise them for filing last-minute motions.

"I am getting a little tired of this last-minute stuff," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan told attorneys Daniel Hernandez and Arturo Hernandez. "I realize you have a very complex case. . . . But when you nickel and dime me by filing motions at the last minute, it's a little annoying, to say the least."

The lawyers, who are not related, asked Tynan on Tuesday to delay the trial, set to start Feb. 1, until April 1 to give them more time to prepare Ramirez's defense. Tynan scheduled a hearing on the request for Thursday.

Ramirez, a self-proclaimed devil worshiper from El Paso, Tex., is charged with 13 of the so-called Night Stalker murders and 30 other felonies in Los Angeles County.

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