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Judge schedules trial date in murder case

March 06, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A trial date was scheduled Friday morning for Miguel Delgado, who is charged with stabbing a woman to death in Martinsburg in the summer of 2001.

Delgado, 35, of Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg, allegedly stabbed Robyn Renee Richardson 23 times in June 2001. Her naked body was found in a grassy area outside of her Moler Avenue apartment building on the morning of June 16, 2001.

Richardson, 29, had been stabbed in the neck, chest, shoulder and left arm, and also had been strangled. A knife, with the blade bent backward, was found near her body, court records state.

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During the status hearing before Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes, one of Delgado's attorneys, Michael Santa Barbara, said evidence in the case was sent to a laboratory and that he and co-counsel Robert Barrat are awaiting the results.

He also asked on Delgado's behalf whether Delgado's computer, which had been seized during the investigation, could be returned.

Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said returning the computer would not be a problem. Experts for both sides of the case examined it but found nothing notable, she said.

Although Delgado was charged with murder three days after Richardson's body was found, his trial has been continued several times, in part because he has fired several previous attorneys.

Wilkes scheduled the trial to begin July 7. Games-Neely said she expects it to last three days.

Delgado was charged after his girlfriend, Tracey Cardona, called officers with the Martinsburg Police Department on June 19, 2001. She told police that she had taken Delgado's Chevrolet Blazer and fled to Massachusetts.

Cardona said that Delgado had come home between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on June 16, dressed only in his boxer shorts. He told Cardona that he had killed a woman and thrown his clothes into a large trash bin. He also told her that if police arrived she was to tell them that he had come home at 10:30 p.m., court records state.

Police have said that although they were not able to find the clothing, blood swabs were taken from the interior of Delgado's Blazer, which had been seen parked outside of Richardson's home on the night of the murder.

Delgado was one of many men that Richardson met and talked to online, police said. Divorced, she left behind one son.

Delgado is being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

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