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New Trial Date Set For Swinford 3/30/2011
Steve Swinford will head to trial Aug. 2 on the charge of shooting his best friend to death in an early-morning incident in Manson in January.

Swinford agreed Monday to shift his trial from an early April date, telling Chelan County Superior Court Judge T.W. “Chip” Small he would waive his right to a speedy trial.

Swinford’s attorney, public defender Jeremy Ford, said he will ask for an expert to be appointed to review forensic evidence in the case, such as handguns collected at the crime scene.

Swinford is accused of firing multiple shots from a .45-caliber pistol at Raney, who was sitting in an armchair at a house in Manson that Swinford shared with two roommates.

A witness told Chelan County sheriff’s deputies the two quarreled over the use of an iPod docking station to play music just before the Jan. 28 shooting.

A pretrial hearing is set for July 13.