Decision Delayed on Trial for Editor’s Murder
Key witness in PC World staffer's slaying to be evaluated.
A judge in California has delayed a decision in the case involving three men accused in the 2007 killing of a PC World editor during a robbery of his home.
Rex Farrance, 59, was killed in the apparent botched robbery; his wife, Lenore Van Tosh Farrance, was injured but survived.
According to a report in the Contra Costa Times, the judge has postponed deciding whether or not the men—Darryl Hudson and Montrell Hall, both 24, and Cleothius Tremain Amos, 26—will go to trial while attorneys evaluate a key witness.
The witness, a former roommate of two of the men who said in court he “is going to be killed for being a snitch,” was reluctant to testify.
According to the Times, an investigator testified the witness originally told police that the men planned to rob "an old … man from Frisco that had hella weed and coke.” Police said Farrance grew medical marijuana in his home.
The witness said they returned after the shooting with a lock box “containing four guns and four quart-size bags and two smaller bags containing marijuana.” All of the items are believed to have belonged to Farrance.
An attorney for one of the accused argued the witness may not be competent because he suffers from psychological and personality disorders.
The district attorney’s office also must decide whether it will seek capital punishment in the case.