RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The criminal trial of Mercedes Carrera and her husband on multiple child sexual abuse charges was postponed again last Tuesday according to court documents.
Judge Katrina West has now scheduled a new pretrial date for April 11, with the actual trial due to begin April 17.
A pretrial hearing for the case had been held last year in July, when an Oct. 3 date was agreed upon for the beginning of the jury trial. That date was repeatedly vacated and postponed, most recently until Feb. 27. However, that date was also vacated and a new pretrial was scheduled, rolling back the clock for the beginning of the jury trial.
Carrera and her husband, Jason Whitney, were arrested after a police raid of their Rancho Cucamonga home on Feb. 1, 2019.
By the new pretrial date, they will have been in the county jail awaiting trial for over four years, held initially 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.
Carrera’s lawyer, Geoff Newman — a private “conflict board attorney” appointed by the public defender’s office — has not made any comments to the press about these most recent delays.
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