Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Wayne Robinson on Thursday was granted a delay in prosecuting a man charged in the deaths of five undocumented immigrants in a traffic accident Aug. 20.
The trial of Alfonso Imperial Damas of Tijuana was to start this week, but Robinson, who for the past month was involved in the Blake Mostrong vehicular manslaughter trial, requested more time to prepare for the case.
Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager granted the delay, setting a new preliminary hearing for Aug. 21 and a trial date of Sept. 18.
Imperial has been charged with five counts of second-degree murder.
Authorities have alleged Imperial was the driver of a Honda Civic hatchback crammed with eight other undocumented immigrants that overturned on Interstate 8 east of Mountain Springs Road on Aug. 20.