A woman charged in the death of an Edgewood man during a home-invasion robbery won the right Friday to be tried separately from her co-defendants.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner’s decision to sever Amanda Knight’s trial means all four co-defendants are slated for separate trials.
Clabon Berniard will be up first, with a Jan. 31 trial date, although his attorney said Friday that she needs more time to prepare and might ask for a delay.
Knight, 22; Berniard, 24; Joshua Reese, 21; and Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, are charged with murder and other counts for allegedly killing James Sanders in April.
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Prosecutors contend the four terrorized Sanders, his wife and their two children before Higashi shot Sanders, 43, when he fought back.
The defendants targeted the family for robbery after Sanders advertised a ring and other items on the online classified advertising site Craigslist, according to court records.
All have pleaded not guilty.
Deputy prosecutors said they plan to ask Buckner to reconsider her decision to hold separate trials and might ask that some of the defendants be tried before dual juries.
In a dual-jury case, two juries would sit in the same courtroom simultaneously to hear evidence against two defendants.
Buckner said she would consider both requests at future hearings.