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Defense asks for continuance in Quake Lewellyn case

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2021 at 12:01 PM CDT
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NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - The attorneys for a man accused of capital murder in the death of a Jackson County woman last year have asked a circuit judge to continue the case until at least spring 2022, according to online court records filed Friday.

Both William O. James and Jeff Rosenzweig, attorneys for Quake Lewellyn, filed the motion for continuance in Jackson County Circuit Court.

As of Friday afternoon, a judge had not ruled on the motion.

A pre-trial date was set for July 6 in the case; however, Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Cooper confirmed two days “at least” have been set aside due to the complicated nature of the case and the dozens of motions filed.

In May, Lewellyn’s attorneys filed nearly 50 motions, including a request that the case be moved to another county.

Lewellyen will be back in court on Friday, July 23, and Monday, Oct. 4.

Quake Lewellyn
Quake Lewellyn(Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas)

Quake Lewellyn was arrested in 2020 on suspicion of capital murder, rape, and kidnapping of Sydney Sutherland.

In the three-page filing, the attorneys cited the prosecution’s seeking of the death penalty, as well as constitutional concerns, as reasons for their request.

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