OROVILLE — It will be January before a jury can hear the 5-year-old case of Gridley man accused of stabbing an 18-year-old to death.

Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman set a Jan. 23 trial date for Juan Carlos Medina at the request of Medina”s attorney, Jesse Santana.

Supervising deputy district attorney Mark Murphy said he had no objection to the January date, provided that there were no further delays.

Medina, 26, is charged with one count of murder with the additional allegation of using a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors allege that Medina stabbed Trenton Grey Stopplemore over a drug debt on June 22, 2006, at the Butte County Housing Authority farm labor camp. Stopplemore died from his injuries after reaching an East Gridley Road house.

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