Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sex-Torture Case On Hold Again.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Bruce Daniels Journal Staff Writer

DA, Defense Attorney Dismiss Two Judges

David Parker Ray's retrial on kidnapping and sexual torture charges again was put on hold when two 7th Judicial District judges were excused last week by attorneys for the state and the defense.

The 60-year-old former mechanic at Elephant Butte State Park had been scheduled to go to trial on Thursday, either in Estancia or at the U.S. District Courthouse in Albuquerque.

But on Monday, state District Judge Thomas G. Fitch of Socorro, who had been named by Presiding Judge Edmund H. Kase III to hear the case, was excused by Deputy District Attorney James A. Yontz from hearing the case. …

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