New trial date set in McLinn trial

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with killing her 52-year-old roommate will go on trial in March.

Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Thursday set the new trial date for Sarah Gonzales McLinn, charged with first-degree murder in the January death Harold M. Sasko. Her trial was scheduled for Jan. 5 but attorneys sought the delay.

At a preliminary hearing in May, witnesses testified that Sasko was drugged with sleeping pills, bound and nearly decapitated at the home he shared with McLinn.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson is seeking a Hard 50 sentence for McLinn.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) McClinn’s attorney has argued she is mentally ill and has never denied killing Sasko.

McLinn remains in the Douglas County Jail on a $1 million bond.



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