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Hopkins trial continued to June

Witness list submitted to Superior Court

DAVENPORT—The trial of Michelle L. Hopkins, who is charged with 25 counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first and second degree, won’t begin until June 22. Presiding judge Dan B. Johnson agreed to continue Hopkins’ case at a readiness hearing Tuesday, March 1.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin March 16.

At a Feb. 22 appearance, Hopkins’ defense attorney Victoria Iverson said a report from a psychiatrist evaluating Hopkins hadn’t been completed yet, nor had information been received from Social Security. She had received a response by Tuesday, but the trial was continued, according to court documents.

Hopkins will appear for a status hearing March 29 and a readiness hearing May 31, according to records.

State witnesses were filed in court Feb. 22. They include Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Kody Becker, Deputy Jerad McLagan and Deputy Kurt Cuzzetto.

John Schlosser, a digital forensic specialist with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, will also testify as an expert witness regarding the forensic extraction of data from Hopkins’ cell phone which allegedly contained the explicit content at question in this chase, according to records.

A full witness list was filed March 1. In addition to the above names, it includes Hopkins herself, co-defendant Scotty Maiden, expert witness Alexander Patterson, Hopkins’ caregiver Lori Johnson and Michelle Needleham, who will testify about Hopkins’ relationship with Maiden, according to records.

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Drew Lawson, Editor

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Drew Lawson is the editor of the Davenport Times. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.


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