Defense lawyers preparing for the island man’s murder trial have asked the court to delay because of the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shane Daniel, 33, of Galveston, was arrested in December and charged with capital murder in the death of James “Scrappy” Jackson, owner of a scrap metal recycling company in San Leon.
Daniel is accused of stabbing Jackson during a robbery attempt. If convicted, he is entitled to the death penalty.
Daniel’s murder trial is set to begin on December 14, but in a motion filed on Friday, his attorney asked the court to postpone the trial because of the risks posed by the pandemic.
“Given the current climate of the pandemic, both sides believe that given the number of witnesses involved and the time the trial will take, the best course of action is to delay the trial,” said Attorney William Agnew.
The number of active cases of COVID-19 has increased in the past few weeks, and the average number of new cases announced per day has also increased. Galveston County’s trials resumed in late September after being postponed for nearly seven months because of the virus.
The 212th District Court judge Patricia Grady had not decided to postpone the trial by Monday morning. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 24th.
Daniel is being held in Galveston County Jail.