The trial to determine whether convicted rapist Monte Hoisington will remain in custody has been postponed until possibly this fall.
A jury trial was scheduled for Feb. 14 in Asotin County Superior Court to determine whether the 60-year-old should remain incarcerated at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.
Hoisington was convicted of two rapes in Lewiston in 1977 and one in Clarkston in 1991. An Asotin County jury found him to meet the state classification of a violent sexual predator about ten years ago, keeping him at McNeil Island.
Hoisington’s attorney on Monday made two motions – to strike and postpone the trial – because of the defense’s intent to file a review of Judge William Acey’s ruling last month to deny a summary judgment in the case.
Acey says once an appeal is filed, there is no guarantee the Washington State Court of Appeals will accept the case. A status hearing has been scheduled for April 16.
Acey says if the review does not favor Hoisington, the judge’s schedule may not allow for a trial until the fall.