Trial delay in Northwest killing spree

David Pedersen, holly grigsby
FILE - Holly Grigsby waits with her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pedersen, during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif. The pairs' murderous crime spree through Washington, Oregon and California, is one of Oregon's top 2011 stories.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Ore., has delayed the trial of a couple accused in a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty decided to postpone the trial of David “Joey” Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby two more months, from May 5 to July 7 next year.

The Oregonian reports Grigsby’s lawyers also asked for another delay. They want the judge to postpone until next year hearings that will determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder pursues the death penalty. The judge said he would decide on that request by Monday.

Pedersen and Grigsby are accused of a white supremacist conspiracy in the 2011 killing of an Oregon man, a California man and Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Washington state.

— Information from The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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