Murder case likely to be delayed

CLEARFIELD – Attorneys involved in the case against a Morrisdale man accused of murder received a time extension to file motions in the matter.

Jeffrey L. Stiner is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, arson, robbery, burglary and theft by unlawful taking in relation to a house fire that happened Jan. 17 at the home of Emory Rinehart in Graham Township. Rinehart’s body was found in what was left of the home after a fire. An investigation into the incident revealed that Stiner allegedly shot Rinehart, took things from the home and then set the house on fire.

Clearfield County Judge Paul E. Cherry granted the motion Tuesday, giving the lawyers an additional 30 days to file all of their pre-trial motions.

Due to the delay, a discussion was held Wednesday in court, and it was learned that Stiner will likely have to waive Rule 600, which guarantees a person’s right to a speedy trial, due to the extension to file motions.

Rule 600 states that a person who is incarcerated must have a trial within 180 days of the filing of the complaint in the case.

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