Trial Date Set For Star Valley Murder Suspect


Pinal County attorneys, who took over the prosecution's case against Star Valley murder suspect Paul Roosen from the Gila County attorney's office, are ready to go to court.

The trial has been set for June 19 in Gila County Superior Court.

Roosen is accused of the February 2000 murder of Calista Wright, who was fatally shot in her Star Valley home.

Roosen also was charged with attempted first-degree murder for the attempted shooting of Wright's husband, Garrett. Roosen was arrested the night of the shooting and booked into Gila County jail where he remains in lieu of a $1 million bond.

Roosen's trial has been delayed several times for evaluations and competency hearings and most recently by November's election, in which his defense attorney, Jim Hazel, was elected Gila County attorney.

As the county's chief prosecutor, Hazel had to withdraw from the case.

Roosen was without council until January when Payson attorney Chuck Walker took over the case.

Roosen's trial is expected to begin at 9 a.m., June 19 at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe.

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