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Arraignment hearing delayed for man accused of killing Officer Christine Guerin Sandoval

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 23, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-23 19:23:50-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who is accused of killing Officer Christine Guerin Sandoval had his arraignment hearing delayed Friday. An arraignment hearing is where the suspect of a case will either plea guilty or not guilty.

Sandoval was struck and killed in the line of duty while working with two other officers to serve arrest warrants on 42-year-old Justin Kula, a parolee, in Colorado Springs last September.

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Kula's arraignment hearing has been rescheduled to March 22. His attorneys requested the delay saying they needed more time for discovery.

This is the period of time where both sides review evidence of a case before a trial begins.

Kula is facing the following charges:

  • vehicular homicide
  • vehicular assault
  • leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death
  • manslaughter

During a preliminary hearing on January 8, Kula's attorneys asked for an arraignment hearing to be set six weeks later.
According to "speedy trial" requirement, if the defendant pleads not guilty, a trial will be set within 180 days.

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