This past fall and early winter has been an emotional rollercoaster trying to follow the very slowly moving court process. At several points we thought we were nearing the end and then came to find out that we were not there yet. It has been 14 months since the attack and the attacker has been in custody for all but 10 days, yet we are still waiting for a conviction and sentencing. At his last court date in December, the Judge said this has gone on long enough and he ordered a settlement conference that will happen this Friday the 25th. At a settlement conference a Judge will lay out the options and explain what he's looking at in terms of time if he takes the plea vs. going to trial. At that point he has 3 options:
a) Take the plea
b) Decline the plea and go to trial
c) Take 30 days to think about it
If he chooses to go to trial it will begin a mere 4 days later with pretrial and in front of a Jury on February 12. Jared and I plan to be present at the settlement conference on Friday morning. This will be the first court date we're attending and my first time seeing him since the attack.
In addition to this, we'll be moving this Saturday the 26th. We've got a bit going on right now. I've decided that's a good thing :) I've got too much going on to sit here and go through the "what if's."
I just wanted to give you all a brief update of what is going on here. Thanks for thinking of us!