A new trial for accused murderer Paul Roosen will begin next month.
Roosen is accused of the Feb. 11, 2000 murder of Calista Wright in her Star Valley home, and the attempted murder of her husband, Garrett.
He was initially tried in October 2001, but that trial ended in a hung jury, and a mistrial was declared. A second trial was set for Feb. 12, 2002, but was postponed when Roosen’s attorney, Chuck Walker, of Payson, withdrew and a new attorney, Public Defender Kristi Riggins, was appointed.
Riggins had to become familiar with the case, including the transcript of the first trial, before a new trial could be held.
She said Walker withdrew from the case when his contract as a court-appointed defender ended and the county would not continue to pay him to represent Roosen.
Riggins said the second trial was further delayed because of additional investigation, plus other cases both she and the prosecutor had to handle.
The Roosen case will be heard Dec. 10 in Gila County Superior Court by Judge Robert Duber, with Pinal County Attorney Jeff Sandler prosecuting.