Judge: Toxicology report won’t delay trial for accused murderer

Jeremy Washington walks out of a courtroom at the Allen County Courthouse on June 5, 2015 after a pretrial hearing.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man accused of driving drunk and crashing into the car of a Bishop Dwenger student, killing her was in court on Friday for a pretrial conference. Jeremy Washington faces a total of 11 charges, including murder. Police said in March of 2014 he sped away from a shooting at the Corner Pocket, a bar in Fort Wayne, and then ran a red light, killing 17-year-old Haley Nellum.

During the pretrial conference, most of the discussion revolved around a toxicology report. Apparently the defense’s consulting toxicologist has requested a long list of specifics with the report. The prosecution voiced its frustration with not having any movement on getting the report since March.

Judge Surbeck ordered all discoveries for the defense and the state to be completed by July 10 and made it clear that the Washington’s trial would not be moved. “We have a September date for this trial and that’s not going to change,” Surbeck said.

Back in February, Surbeck granted a motion for continuance due to additional discovery filed by the defense.

Washington’s trial is set for September 14-25 of 2015. The next pretrial conference is scheduled for July 17.

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