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Reno County DA wants wants 9-year sentence for man refusing to testify in murder case

March 11, 2011

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— The Reno County district attorney is asking that a man who refused to testify in a murder trial be sentenced to nine years in prison on three contempt charges.

District Attorney Keith Schroeder says 35-year-old Jose Delacruz should serve the sentence after a seven-year term for aggravated robbery.

Delacruz was convicted in December of aggravated robbery but acquitted of first-degree murder in the beating and strangulation death of 33-year-old Joshua Haines. His body was found in April 2010 in his parked car in Hutchinson.

Last week, Delacruz refused three times to obey a judge's order to testify against a co-defendant, 26-year-old Anthony Waller, who was charged with first-degree murder in Haines' death. Waller was found guilty.

The Hutchinson News reports that a trial date for Delacruz has not been scheduled.

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