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Death penalty trial delayed for man who killed 15-year-old girl

Posted at 10:44 AM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 13:44:31-04

The death penalty trial for Javier Righetti, which was scheduled to being Oct. 3, has been postponed again.

Righetti, 24, brutally raped and killed 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba in September 2011 near her home in the Centennial Hills area of Las Vegas. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Righetti.

Otremba was killed during the first week of school at Arbor View High School. The freshman student had stayed home from school that day because she was not feeling well. Later in the day, she left her home to pick up a textbook from a classmate. She never came home.

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Righetti, who was 19 at the time of the crime, told police that after he raped Otremba, he stabbed her more than 80 times in the face and body. He also carved the initials "LV" on her body. He then burned her body in an attempt to conceal her identity.

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Righetti's attorney is now seeking an Atkins Hearing.

In June 2002, the Supreme Court issued a ruling ending the execution of those with intellectual disability. Righetti's attorney is hoping to prove that Righetti has an intellectual disability and should not be executed.

An expert will not be available until Oct. 17 to examine Righetti. Therefore, the trial has been postponed. A new date has not been set.