Judge Denies Higgs' Request to Postpone Nevada Murder Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RENO (AP) - A Reno judge has denied a request by Chaz Higgs to postpone his June 18th trial on charges that he killed his wife, former Nevada Controller Kathy Augustine.

In arguing for a new trial date, Higgs' attorneys maintained the FBI lab has refused to provide its complete report that concluded Augustine had been drugged last July.

But Washoe County District Judge Steven Kosach sided with prosecutors on Friday, who sas the initial report was turned over to defense lawyers in December and they should not have waited until now to decide they needed more information.

The 42-year-old Higgs, a former emergency room nurse, is charged with killing Augustine by injecting her with the paralytic drug succinylcholine. He has pleaded not guilty.

Higgs' lawyers say a defense expert needs more information from the FBI toxicology lab before he can conclude whether the drug as found in Augustine's urine.

Doctors initially believed Augustine suffered a massive heart attack before she was taken to the hospital July eighth. She lapsed into a comma and died three days later.

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