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Suspect in Runnion Murder Is Slated for a January Trial

Defense sought the later date for the Lake Elsinore man accused in the 5-year-old Stanton girl's death.

March 22, 2003

Prosecutors said Friday that they are on schedule for a January trial in the case of a Lake Elsinore man accused of kidnapping and killing 5-year-old Samantha Runnion.

Alejandro Avila, 27, is accused of kidnapping the girl outside her Stanton home July 15.

"We're not happy about a January trial, but we certainly don't want it to be any later," Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Friday after a pretrial conference in Orange County Superior Court.

Avila's attorneys requested the delay until January.

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