A February 22 trial for accused rapist and murderer Cameron Mays was delayed this morning until April 25, because, in the words of Assistant Attorney General Mike Ruddick, a critical witness for the prosecution “has dropped off the face of the earth.”
The witness, who now lives in California, had been in touch with his office until about ten days ago, Ruddick said. Then, as the trial date neared, and transportation arrangements were being made, he disappeared. Ruddick said he will need some time to have him subpoenaed, located, and brought back to Louisiana.
Mays is accused of second degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated burglary that allegedly occurred in the Cypress Springs neighborhood where retired Grambling State University Professor Dr. Sue Hashway was found slain in June of 2012. The alleged victim in the rape and kidnapping case was a Louisiana Tech student.
The action came at a hearing this morning in a Ruston courtroom after Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court Division B Judge Tommy Rogers denied defense motions to dismiss the charges because of delays in the case.
Ruddick said that 80% of the motions for delays in the case had been asked for by the defense.
Defending Mays is James Buckley.