When Julie Ann Rodriguez, 44, was shot to death in the driveway of her home Sunday morning, her murder prompted prosecutors to reassess their trial strategy in another murder case about to be tried.
Rodriguez was a critical witness, according to Assistant District Attorney Rita Spiegel, in the murder trial of Martin Balboa, 44, the woman’s former boyfriend.
“In the wake of her death, the state needs additional time to reassess its trial strategy,” Spiegel told 227th District Court Judge Philip Kazen.
Balboa’s trial was to have begun on Tuesday.
His lawyer, Raymond Fuchs, responded, telling Kazen, “We are insisting on Mr. Balboa receiving his right to a speedy trial.”
Following the brief hearing, Kazen granted the state’s request for a continuance.
Balboa is accused of shooting Joseph Delgado, 27, to death at a community center basketball court in November 2003.
No new trial date has been set and Balboa remains free on bond.