SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An 18-year-old Colorado man accused of killing his teenage girlfriend three years ago because he thought she was pregnant is slated to face a murder charge in March after a judge set a new trial date on Friday.
Darwin Christopher Bagshaw was expected to go on trial in late fall, but defense attorneys need more time to review the evidence, including a recorded police interview.
“It’s not realistically possible to do the trial in November,” said his lawyer Chris Bown during a court hearing. Bagshaw, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, appeared in court Friday wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled in front of him.
Prosecutors allege that the Grand Junction man was 14 and living in Utah when they say he killed 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak after she told people she was pregnant and her boyfriend didn’t seem to want the baby. Medical examiners later found that she wasn’t pregnant, and her family said she’d lied about her condition.
The girl’s body was found floating in the Jordan River in March 2012 after a jogger noticed blood on a footbridge over the river about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City. An autopsy later showed she suffered multiple blows that crushed her face and head.
Police said that when they went to question Bagshaw, they noticed he was wearing new shoes. Officers asked for his old shoes. As he was handing them over, he said Kasprzak had gotten a nosebleed at a friend’s house and dripped blood on his shoelace, according to authorities.
He asked the friend to confirm the story to investigators, who couldn’t find any of the girl’s blood at the friend’s house.
Police arrested Bagshaw in October, more than two years after the girl’s death. He was 17 at the time of his arrest, but a judge moved the case to adult court at prosecutors’ request.
He is being held on $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. His trial is expected to last 12 days.
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