Prosecutors seek delay in Cottrell case

The Pasadena Star reports:

PASADENA — Prosecutors are seeking a delay in the case of alleged Caltech ecoterrorist Bill Cottrell, insisting they need more time to research a defense claim that Cottrell suffers from a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome.

Cottrell’s defense filed a motion Wednesday objecting to the delay and asking that the trial proceed as scheduled Oct. 26.

Cottrell, 24, faces 35 years to life in federal prison in connection with an arson and vandalism spree in the San Gabriel Valley that damaged more than 125 sport utility vehicles in August 2003. He has been held without bail since his arrest in March.

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