A 20-year-old man charged in connection with the murder of an Ammon woman appeared in person to a status conference today Jan. 16.
Jameion Hernandez entered in a plea of “not guilty” in his last pre-trial hearing in December and will undergo a jury trial. His original trial date was set for April 10, but he has waived his right to a speedy trial.
Defense says they need time to review his confession and wants to have his confession reviewed by an expert due to thoughts of suppression and coercion. The state did not object, and the pre-trial hearing is set for June 18 at 8:30 a.m. Trial is set to begin July 19.
Hernandez is waiving his right to a speedy trial because trial was to begin within six months.
If convicted, he faces the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison.
Hernandez was bound to district court on first-degree murder charges on Friday, November 3.
Based on medical records, the woman’s decomposed body is believed to be that of Lisa Stukey, the owner of a home at 2390 Ross Avenue, where her body was recovered July 1, 2017.