Andy Starrett’s teenage daughter was murdered in a hotel room almost three years ago.
The man accused of the crime, his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, fled to Mexico. It took more than a year to negotiate with the Mexican government to get him back.
When the day arrived that Starrett was to face the man in court, he was put off again: this time because of the global pandemic.
“Every time you gotta go to court or you have to talk to the DAs or you have to go for a meeting and he’s sitting there, it brings everything from the day it happened back,” Starrett said. “You literally start over every single time.”
The accused killer of Starrett’s daughter is one of the hundreds of defendants statewide who, prosecutors warn, might escape justice thanks to a microscopic virus that has created the biggest criminal justice logjam in the state’s history.