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Attack case inches forward



Monday's hearing for a Hays teenager charged with criminal sodomy didn't go as planned, but District Judge Ed Bouker went ahead and set trial dates to ensure the case keeps moving forward.

Bouker has pushed to keep the case moving forward, even though Tre Carrasco is now on his fourth attorney.

Bouker also reluctantly agreed to grant a continuance on Carrasco's arraignment, sought because of a previously scheduled commitment for defense attorney Olavee Raub.

She also asked for the continuance pending independent DNA analysis that had been previously approved but never officially requested.

The DNA evidence is expected to help guide her in deciding how best to proceed in the case.

Arraignment now is expected to take place in March or April, depending on schedules.

Bouker went ahead and set aside two trial dates in May.

A three-day trial is set to begin May 15 on charges of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated battery. The sodomy charge was filed in connection with the July 1, 2011, assault of a 50-year-old woman in the 2900 block of Country Lane. The battery charge was filed because the victim suffered a broken rib in the attack.

A two-day trial is set for the following week on pair of unrelated aggravated burglary charges. In that case, Carrasco is charged with the alleged burglaries of the same residence in the 500 block of East 20th Street on Jan. 23 and 26, 2011.