A plea agreement reported to be in the works for Billy Kissner has apparently floundered, as his defense attorney asked for a date to be set for trial.
Kissner, 48, has been charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife, Raelynn, in November 2010. At a hearing in county court in October, Judge Sandra Miller was told Kissner was considering a plea agreement in which he would plead guilty to manslaugher in exchange for a sentencing cap of eight years. Kissner’s attorney waived a preliminary hearing and the case was bound over to district court for arraignment.
That hearing took place Monday, Feb. 11. R.L. Benjamin, standing in for defense attorney Harvey Steinberg, waived further advisement for his client and asked that a trial date be set. Several dates were discussed before all parties agreed on a start date of Tuesday, July 9. Judge Charles Greenacre set aside eight days and warned both Benjamin and district attorney Dan Hotsenpiller they would be “on the clock.” Details will be discussed at a motions hearing June 21.blog comments powered by Disqus