Third trial for man accused of killing father delayed

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The third trial of a former Ketchikan teen accused of murdering his father in Ketchikan two years ago has been postponed.

The trial of Jos Mateu had been scheduled to start last Monday.

But Juneau District Attorney Richard Svobodny, the lead prosecutor, recently had emergency surgery, and his deputy, Pat Gullufsen, told Judge Patricia Collins last week that Svobodny needs at least a month to recuperate before taking on a difficult trial.

Mateu, now 19, is accused of shooting his father, also named Jos Mateu, in January of 2000.

His first trial ended with a hung jury in May 2001. His second trial ended the same way last October.

Judge Collins rejected an earlier motion from the prosecution to move the trial to Juneau or Sitka.

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