Five days have been set aside next year for the First Degree Murder trial of 42-year-old Jose Regalado-Mendez. Regaladado-Mendez appeared in Dawson County District Court Friday morning. The jury trial is set to begin March 5, 2019. Earlier this year, he was evaluated for a possible defense of not responsible by reason of insanity. But during Friday’s hearing, Defense Attorney Sarah Newell said that “we are not going to be pursuing the insanity defense based on the report that was provided by Dr. (Farid) Karimi.”
Ten pre-trial motions had been filed by the defense. District Judge Jim Doyle took two of them up during the hearing. He granted approval for motions for use of civilian clothing at trial and to have restraints removed in the presence of a jury. Eight other motions were set to be heard on January 15 and 17, 2019.
Regalado-Mendez is charged in the 2016 death of 37-year-old Jose Hernandez. Hernandez’s body was found at the rural Lexington residence of Regalado-Mendez. The case of codefendant Melissa Callahan is still pending.