DeLand, FL-Update: Judge Raul Zambrano today set an August 19 date for the next status conference in the case of accused triple murderer Luis Toledo. Toledo waived his right to appear today. Prosecutors asked for a trial date tentatively in early October. Lawyers for Toledo appeared to be mostly in agreement during the very brief session. Defense lawyers told the court they wanted to see law settled on Florida’s death penalty process now being considered by the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Zambrano set a July 29 deadline for any motions in the case not related to the death penalty.
Earlier reporting follows: Luis Toledo won’t be in court for a status hearing Wednesday. The accused triple murderer has waived his right to appear. The court discussion is like to include setting a trial date. He is accused of the murder of his wife, Yessenia Suarez and her children, Thalia and Michael Otto in 2013. Their bodies have never been found but investigators did find blood stains in the home that they shared with Toledo.
A criminal trial was to begin earlier this year, in January. Judge Raul Zambrano delayed the trial due to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring the death penalty sentencing procedure unconstitutional.
(photo of Yessenia Suarez, with Thalia and Michael Otto, via Facebook)
(photo courtesy of Volusia County Jail)
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