Monday, May 4, 2009

Brianna Denison Case: 1 Trial Ordered for Biela!

Well, James Biela lost his bid to have three separate trials for abducting, raping and murdering Brianna Denison and assaulting two other women there in Reno. He will be facing all the charges for all three attacks in one trial in February, 2010. Good for the judge!
From The Reno Gazette Journal:

The Reno man accused of raping and killing Brianna Denison and sexually assaulting two other female college students more than a year ago will be tried on charges involving all three attacks at the same time.

Washoe District Judge Robert Perry denied a request by public defenders for James Michael Biela to severe the three cases for fear he wouldn't receive a fair trial if they were combined.

Biela is scheduled to go to trial in February on charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the abduction and murder of the 19-year-old Denison last January.

Under Perry's ruling Monday, he also will face at that time the two additional counts of sexual assault in the attacks on the two other women on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.


Liz said...

It was a good result - for all except the accused.

Nice to hear from a Judge that rules effectively and quickly.

Julia Sevin said...

Thanks for posting this update. Brianna was a family friend; I knew her since she was a little child and babysat her a few times. The whole thing just breaks my heart. She was a wonderful, sweet girl and I am so relieved that her attacker is being brought to justice.

Anakerie said...

Julia, my condolences to you and to Brianna's family.

I now have a google news alert set up for this case, and when things start moving forward again, I'll start doing posts about the case. I'm not going to depend upon stumbling on to an article like I did for this post.