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Busy courtrooms delay trial for Sunnyside man

Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza of Sunnyside, accused of attempting first degree kidnapping, indecent liberties and first degree robbery with a deadly weapon, is now scheduled to be tried on May 22 in Yakima County Superior Curt.

Ochoa-Mendoza's case has been on a trailing docket, awaiting availability of courtroom space and/or a judge to hear the case. His first trial date was March 27.

The charges against him stem from the kidnapping of a Yakima woman on Oct. 8, 2005 while she was jogging on Scenic Drive in Yakima. After hearing about that kidnapping, a 16-year-old Yakima girl reported to officers that a man had jumped out of a car and chased her on the same day just before the woman was kidnapped.

The woman was released unharmed in a field near Sunnyside.

In the same case, another Sunnyside man, Heriberto Martinez, faces a charge of first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery with a deadly weapon and attempting first degree kidnapping. Martinez is being tried separately from Ochoa-Mendoza. Martinez's trial is set for May 15 at this time.

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