Thursday, January 3, 2008

Stagg set for trial

Clint Stagg faces life in prison if convicted as charged.

David Angier

Clint Stagg's murder trial will go forward as scheduled on Jan. 18, a judge decided Thursday.

Circuit Judge Glenn Hess denied Stagg's request for more time to take the statement of a new witness against him.

Stagg, 33, is charged with the premeditated murder of Tonya Farmer, 43. Stagg also was indicted of arson of a vehicle for allegedly torching a car to conceal evidence of the killing. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

Investigators have said Stagg was under the influence of crack cocaine when he bludgeoned Farmer, his alleged drug supplier, during an argument on July 24, 2006. Stagg allegedly struck Farmer with a hammer, then buried her body in a shallow grave off County 388.

In July, Hess tossed out Stagg's confession because he was interviewed about the murder after he asked to speak to a lawyer.

On Thursday, Stagg's lawyer, Todd Doss of Lake City, asked Hess to grant a time extension so Doss could take the deposition of a former Bay County Jail inmate who says Stagg confessed to him while they were incarcerated.

For more on this story, see Friday's paper.

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