- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Two years after a Houston-area woman died in a traffic crash, the victim’s family is waiting for the case to be resolved even though the driver of the other vehicle has pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter.

Houston television station KHOU reports (https://bit.ly/2fg5re1 ) a Harris County court has delayed the case 17 times.

Prosecutor Allison Bainbridge says while some cases can be wrapped up in a year, a two-year wait to get through the court system is not unusual.

In the case involving the October 2014 death of Heather Rankel, Bainbridge says many of the delays have been due to a change in defense lawyers.

Richie Rankel, whose wife was killed, says families become victims and the case needs to become final.

Another hearing in the case is set for Friday.


Information from: KHOU-TV, https://www.khou.com

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