The preliminary hearing in the case against five people accused of killing 15-year-old Dystiny Myers of Santa Maria is expected to start at 10 a.m. today in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
The hearing is expected to be the first time that specific details of the case will be revealed by law enforcement officials.
Myers’ burned body was found in a remote field in Santa Margarita on Sept. 26.
The five suspects were in County Jail within hours of the discovery of her body.
Since then, authorities have been tight-lipped with information about the investigation. Judge Barry LaBarbera imposed a gag order that bars attorneys and witnesses from talking about details of the case.
This is the fourth attempt by the court to hold the preliminary hearing after three delays.
The reasons for the postponements ranged from a family emergency of one of the lawyers to a need for more time for the five defense lawyers representing the defendants to prepare their cases.
It’s not uncommon for postponements to take place in court cases for a variety of reasons, including scheduling conflicts and personal situations of lawyers or witnesses.
The five suspects who have been arrested and charged with murder in Myers’ death are: Jason Adam Greenwell, Frank Jacob York and Rhonda Maye Wisto, all of Nipomo; Ty Michael Hill of Santa Maria; and Cody Lane Miller of Fresno. Each has pleaded not guilty to charges.