The trial for the former Casper gynecologist charged with sexually assaulting a number of patients was postponed Friday on the request of the physician’s lawyer.
Paul Harnetty’s trial — beforehand scheduled to start on June 26 — will now be held about 60 days later. An actual date will probably be set at a later time.
After resolving a slew of motions relating to what proof and testimony was admissible at trial, Paul Harnetty’s lawyer requested Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins to postpone the trial. Don Fuller stated there was an “intense” quantity of proof nonetheless arriving in his workplace that he must evaluate, particularly since he simply took over the case from a former affiliate, John Miner, final week.
Fuller additionally stated that the 2 personal investigators he employed to seek out info associated to the case are nonetheless working. One investigators is presently touring to Georgia, the place Harnetty used to work, and the opposite is touring to New York to satisfy with the primary Casper police detective on the case, who later moved away mid-investigation.
“I’ve been arguing in front of you for 20 years, and you’ve never seen me less prepared,” Fuller advised Sullins. He emphasised the seriousness of the fees concerned and stated it will solely be truthful to his shopper to permit him extra time to organize for trial.
Assistant District Attorney Brett Johnson stated he understood the protection’s want for extra time.
“I couldn’t oppose this motion in good faith,” he stated.
Sullins granted the request, noting that altering protection attorneys creates challenges.
Harnetty, 47, faces 10 felony fees alleging he sexually assaulted six women throughout gynecological exams at Community Health Center of Central Wyoming in 2014 and 2015.
The women advised police that Harnetty touched them in ways in which made them uncomfortable and didn’t appear to be a part of an ordinary examination.
Harnetty stopped training at Community Health Center in October 2015 and is not licensed to apply drugs in Wyoming after voluntarily relinquishing his license.
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