Attempted Murder Trial Pushed Back, Defense Not Ready
Published July 14th, 2014
OCALA---The trial for a man accused of attempted first degree murder was slated for Monday, until his attorney said he wasn't ready yet.
It was supposed to be jury selection day in the trial of 52-year-old Lonnie Todd.
Todd waived his right to a speedy trial Monday in order to give more time to his attorney, who plans on bringing in a DNA expert and reviewing state-conducted depositions.
"We need that opportunity to go ahead and analyze and consider what they have in the prosecution of the case," said defense attorney Edward Abel.
Investigators say Todd entered an Ocala woman's home last December and attempted to rape and kill her before she fought him off.
Todd has previously spent 20 years in Florida prison for a sex crime he committed in Alachua County.
His trial will now start on September 8th.
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