Oquendo murder trial adjourned until Monday


TROY -- Yet another delay has pushed back the date for the sentencing of Johnny Oquendo.

Oquendo was found guilty in November of murdering his former stepdaughter Noel Alkaramla, stuffing her body into a suitcase and throwing it in the Hudson River.

Today, as Alkaramla's family sought a sentencing, Oquendo chose to represent himself and stood before the court, holding up a presentencing investigation report. He claimed his right to defend himself against the report, which he claimed he'd only gotten just moments before his appearance today and needed more time to review. After a quick break, the judge granted Oquendo's request, saying the defendant is entitled to one court day's notice of review of the report, which was not complied with within this case.

The prosecution declined to comment following today's appearance - court was adjourned until Monday morning.

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