RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The criminal trial of Mercedes Carrera and her husband for multiple child sexual abuse charges, which was due to start today, was delayed on Friday until Jan. 9, 2023.
As XBIZ reported, the trial had finally been scheduled for today back in July, after numerous long delays,
Carrera and her husband, Jason Whitney, were arrested after a police raid of their Rancho Cucamonga home on Feb. 1, 2019.
By the time they go to trial they would have been in county jail without trial for almost four years, first without bail and later, after they had liquidated their assets and had no source of income due to their incarceration, with bail set at $2 million for each.
According to court documents, a trial readiness hearing was held on Friday and the parties made the decision to vacate the Oct. 3 date and postpone the trial to Jan. 9 next year, with a readiness date on Jan 6.
XBIZ contacted Carreras’ lawyer, a private “conflict board attorney” appointed for her by the Public Defenders’ Office, and he had no comment beyond noting the trial has been “delayed.”
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