Trial for 1982 murder delayed to examine DNA evidence

David Winfield Mitchell

David Winfield Mitchell

The trial of a Trinidadian man charged in a 1982 murder has been delayed so an expert for the defense can examine the DNA evidence.

"I got an e-mail from our expert and he needs a little more time," Public Defender Diane Crow told District Judge Todd Russell.

David Winfield Mitchell, 61, is charged with open murder in the 1982 killing of Sheila Jo Harris.

Harris, 18, was found beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled Jan. 6, 1982, in her bedroom at the Foothill Garden apartments where Mitchell was a handyman.

Assistant District Attorney Gerald Gardner and Crow both agreed last week that they were ready to go, but Russell on Monday said he would allow for the delay because of the expert's needs.

"Results of the DNA testing may - there's not a great chance - but I think it could resolve this case," Crow said.

A new date has not yet been set for the four-week trial.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin April 3.

Mitchell was arrested in Trinidad by International Police on Aug. 18 and is being held without bail in the Carson City Jail.


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