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Putnam County judge sets tentative trial date in teen's homicide

Evidence still being analyzed, so more charges are possible

HENNEPIN – Defense demands for a June 5 trial for a Standard man charged in the stabbing death of a Spring Valley teen were rebuffed Thursday by a Putnam County judge, who set a tentative date of Aug. 6.

Richard A. Henderson, 26, is the chief suspect in the stabbing death of Diamond Bradley, 16, whose body was found along a rural Putnam County road on Jan. 27. He is charged with concealment of a homicidal death, punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison, but the investigation continues and more charges could be filed.

In the meantime, Henderson is in Putnam County Jail on $1 million bond.

His attorney, Public Defender Roger Bolin, argued that the speedy trial clock, which requires a defendant be tried within 120 days of his arrest, started ticking Feb. 5.

That clock starts and stops, though, based on motions filed, and delays or continuances for any reason sought by either side. Typically, defense-requested or mutually agreed-upon delays stop the clock for a certain amount of time.

In this case, Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie argued that the last three continuances were agreed upon by both sides, and so the 120-day count would have stopped during those periods.

Judge Stephen Kouri agreed, ruling that, given the agreed-upon delays and the date at which the defense requested a jury trial, the case is only 30 days into the 120-day count.

A final status hearing was set for July 19, followed by the Aug. 6 trial, although those dates are subject to change based on how the case proceeds.

For example, the potential murder weapon – a knife Henderson may have discarded at Color Point, the commercial greenhouse in rural Granville where he had been employed – still is being analyzed at the State Police crime lab.

Bradley was last was seen on Jan. 23; she was reported missing the following morning and her body was found, stabbed multiple times, 3 days later.

Investigators theorize that the two met online and that Henderson picked the teen up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 24, drove to the spot where her body was found and killed her.

Tips, interviews, surveillance cameras and pings from Bradley’s cellphone link him to her death, Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle has said..

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