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DA’s office gets scolding from judge in Pike case

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She gives the prosecutors one more chance

In a stinging rebuke of the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, a Modesto judge has decided to give local prosecutors “one more chance” to do their job in prosecuting Dustin Gran and Brittany Navarra for the 2008 murder of Krista Pike.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira denied a motion by John Garvin, attorney for Gran, to recuse the local prosecutors from the high-profile murder case but said that she would reconsider the matter if the defense had reason to raise another complaint to her about the conduct of the prosecution in the case.

The ruling came in a hearing Wednesday in Modesto in which both Gran and Navarra and their attorneys were ordered to attend. The trial was moved to Modesto by a Madera Superior Court judge at the request of the defense.

Silveira, whose patience has clearly been exhausted by the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday that she had “never seen a case like this.” The judge cited the long history of problems in the course of attempting to get the case to trial over the past five years, and said, “This goes to how the DA has handled the case.” ...


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