The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Monday, December 01, 2008

The murder trial of ex-DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy Derrick Yancey will be delayed until early 2009.

Yancey earlier had invoked his right to a speedy trial on charges that he shot to death his wife and a day laborer in his home June 9. Under Georgia law, his trial would have had to begin in December.

But defense lawyer Keith Adams said Monday he had withdrawn the speedy trial demand because Yancey’s case might have overlapped with an unrelated case involving Adams.

Adams said he and the district attorney’s office have asked Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter to schedule the trial next year, possibly in February or March.

Yancey, 49, claimed he shot Marcial Cax Puluc after the laborer, who was about 20, killed Linda Yancey in an armed robbery attempt. Prosecutors allege Derrick Yancey killed them both but have not disclosed a possible motive.

Derrick Yancey resigned his job before his arrest. Linda Yancey, 44, also was an employee of the sheriff’s office.

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