Defense remains unready in cold case murder trial, another hearing set for Wednesday

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The attorney representing accused killer Prentice Foreman in connection with a killing that occurred 40 years ago said during a brief court hearing Tuesday he remains unready for trial.

After a sidebar discussion with defense attorney Dana Kinnison and prosecutor Gina Pearl, Superior Court Judge Judith K. Dulcich scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to see if Kinnison will be ready at that time. On Monday, Kinnison said he was trying to reach one of two expert witnesses he has retained for the trial.

Foreman, 61, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Dawn Koons in January 1979. 

Koons was found naked in a bathtub with her hands bound and a pillowcase over her head. She died from asphyxiation, and a pathologist testified in an earlier hearing she could have been smothered or strangled.

Foreman was arrested in December 2017 after the Bakersfield police cold case unit got a hit on a retested semen sample from the crime scene that matched his DNA. He lived in the same apartment complex as Koons at the time of the killing.

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