- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An August trial date has been set for a Hamilton man charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughters last spring, but defense attorneys are arguing the case should be dismissed due to the lack of a speedy trial.

District Judge Kathy Seeley on Tuesday ordered the trial of 29-year-old Justin Gale Walker to start on Aug. 24. However, a June 25 hearing will determine if the two counts of sexual intercourse without consent should be dismissed.

Walker has been jailed since his June 2014 arrest. Delays include a switch in judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. The Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/1E8Oiob ) the trial has been continued four times, including Tuesday’s rescheduling.

Prosecutors allege Walker was living with his girlfriend in Helena when he sexually assaulted the girls, ages 7 and 8. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com


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