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Ridgway trial not expected until 2003

While officials work out the funding details, the Green River murder case against Gary Leon Ridgway is moving through court.

King County Superior Court named Judge Richard Jones to preside over Ridgway’s case, from pre-trial motions until a final decision.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng, said the court frequently preassigns judges to cases that require a variety of pretrial motions and cases that are expected to be in court for some time.

“A lot of murder trials are preassigned,” he said.

Ridgway is scheduled to appear in court again April 29. Maleng will decide April 22 whether to pursue the death penalty.

A trial date hasn’t been set. Donohoe said officials don’t expect it to begin until 2003.

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