After more than two years, a trial date has finally been set for Thomas Georgatos who faces charges of first-degree murder in a case where a man was allegedly murdered and stashed in the trunk of a car, before the car was set on fire.
Georgatos is the one remaining suspect facing trial in the Roger Patrick Watson murder case.
The body of Watson was found in the trunk of a burning car Feb. 20, 2007.
The two other men arrested in the incident, William Sweatt and Scott McGeough took pleas.
The Georgatos jury trial is scheduled to begin May 19 in a Globe courtroom with Judge Peter Cahill.
The trial has been pushed back numerous times due to various scheduling conflicts and illnesses.
“With a first-degree murder trial, it is not unusual to have it take quite awhile to get to trial, however, here there were health issues for myself and defense counsel that caused more delay than anticipated,” said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.
Flores was injured in a bicycle accident on Aug. 22, 2008 and suffered multiple broken bones and fractures.
Georgatos has been in custody since his arrest relating to the murder and a separate case involving sexual conduct with two juveniles in Payson.
On March 6, 2008 a Gila County jury found Georgatos guilty of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 and three counts of involving a minor in a drug offense, with two of these counts being classed as a dangerous crime against children.