A 21-year-old Clear Lake man who allegedly killed one man and wounded another with a crossbow on the Samoa Peninsula in September will stand trial in July on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Appearing in court on Thursday, Phoenix Triton King stood before Judge Marilyn Miles wearing thick-rimmed glasses and an orange jail jumpsuit with a long-sleeved, gray shirt underneath. He did not speak during the short proceeding, but conferred briefly with his defense attorney Greg Elvine-Kreis after the trial date was set.
Miles recounted that the trial date was pushed back from February during their previous proceeding to allow Elvine-Kreis to review autopsy and crime scene photos, along with other evidence in the case.
”When we last met in January, Mr. King entered a time waiver,” Miles said.
King's attorney said he received a “handful of discs” on Wednesday, but he has not been able to review them yet, and asked that the trial date be set for July.
Both King and his alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Rosalie Adams, are accused in the shooting that killed 44-year-old James John James and wounded 41-year-old Matthew Blaine Lewis near the Samoa dunes on Sept. 8. Lewis received injuries on his back, shin and forehead, but was able to crawl from the wooded area to flag down help on State Route 255.
The pair were arrested the next day after a multi-agency manhunt. King has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.
The trial date is set for July 14 at 8:30 a.m.
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