Trial in baby killing delayed again

Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The trial of a Ketchikan teenager accused of killing his girlfriend's infant son has been delayed for a second time.

The trial for Josh S. Rowden, 17, was scheduled to start Monday, after being originally set for Aug. 26. It has now been pushed back to April 1.

Rowden's lawyer made the motion for the delay at a hearing last week. District Attorney Steve West said the defense asked for more time for discovery and to work with an expert witness.

Rowden is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell.

Fackrell was brought to Ketchikan General Hospital on April 16 with severe injuries. Doctors said the injuries appeared to have been caused by abuse, according to prosecutors.

The boy died April 27 at a Seattle hospital. He was the son of Rowden's girlfriend, Leah Fackrell.

Rowden remains in custody at the Ketchikan Correctional Center.

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