The retrial of Frank O'Connell, the 54-year-old Glendora man charged with the 1984 murder of 27-year-old Jay French, will be continued to a June 11 court date.
Attorneys with the District Attorney's Office requested the extension during a pretrial hearing Friday morning at the Pasadena Courthouse.
O'Connell, who spent 27 years in prison for a murder , was released on bail April 24 after a judge found major faults with his original 1985 trial.
After O'Connell’s release, the prosecution in his case has 60 days to re-investigate his case to see if they would like to go forward with a retrial.
“We know the case really well and we don’t believe there is a case, but that’s us,” said O'Connelll’s attorney, Peter Camiel. “The prosecution has an obligation to explore this case to see if a retrial is necessary.”
The prosecuting attorneys would not comment on the case.
However, members of the French family maintained their belief that O’Connell is guilty and are hopeful a retrial will uphold his previous conviction.
“Frank is out on a technicality,” said French’s sister Judy Baker. “It does not mean he’s innocent.”