The man accused of stabbing to death is wife, Olivia Cecelia Julian Figueroa, with a sword in December may not see a trial.
Attorney Paula Cook represented defendant Miguel Figueroa in court Monday for a hearing that was expected to produce a trial date and possible change of plea. However, Cook told Judge Kevin White she has “submitted a proposal to (the prosecutor) for her to consider to resolve this without a trial.”
Cook requested Monday’s hearing to be re-set to provide time for the prosecution to go over the proposal details.
Outside the courtroom, Cook said she would not comment on those details. Cook also represents Figueroa on a probation violation case.
If the murder case is set for trial, Cook told the judge it could begin in March of next year. The Pinal County Attorney’s Office announced earlier it would not be a death-penalty case.
Figueroa’s next hearing will take place at Pinal County Superior Court on July 17 at 9 a.m.
Figueroa was indicted by a grand jury in December on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault.