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Hearings set for accused murderer

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pre-trial hearing dates have been set for a Parke County man accused of killing his wife and two stepdaughters over Halloween weekend 2005.

As decided by Hamilton County Superior Court No. 3 Judge William Hughes on June 21, 35-year-old Chad A. Cottrell, his attorneys (Jessie Cook and Eric Koselke) and Parke Prosecutor Steve Cvengros are scheduled to meet about once a month to discuss progress in the trial.

The next pre-trial hearing will be 3 p.m., Aug. 10, in Hamilton Superior Court No. 3.

Other pre-trial hearings have been scheduled for Sept. 21 at 3 p.m., Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. It has not been determined where those hearings will be held. Judge Hughes could decide to hold any of the hearings in Parke County to make transporting Cottrell less stressful for the Parke County Sheriff's Department.

The trial date has been set to start April 30, 2007, and is anticipated to take two to four weeks.

Trisha Cottrell, 29, and her two daughters, Brittany Williams, 12, and Victoria Williams, 10, were found murdered in the Cottrell's rural Rockville home in October 2005.



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