The arraignment for the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of UCSB graduate student Jarrod Davidson last July was postponed again Wednesday, this time for another two weeks.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Darryl Perlin said the arraignment, which has been deferred repeatedly since police apprehended Malinda Jones, 49, and her husband Philip Jones, 50, has been rescheduled for Feb. 25 to allow more time to evaluate whether Philip Jones qualifies for representation by a public defender. Both suspects remain in police custody without bail.
Perlin said this is the second time that the evaluation has held up the case, and that it is “taking a little longer than normal.”
Despite the multiple delays, Perlin said he did not think it would be beneficial to either side to pressure the defense to move on with the case.
“I wouldn’t say that we want to hurry something along,” Perlin said. “It’ll make things a lot easier knowing whether Philip is or is not being defended by the public defender.”
Santa Barbara County Public Defender James Egar, who may represent Philip Jones in the case, could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.