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Arraignment date pushed back for Thomas on first-degree murder charge
COUPEVILLE — The arraignment of Peggy Sue Thomas on a charge of first-degree murder was pushed back by four weeks Monday at the request of her lawyer.
Island County detectives allege that Thomas is an accomplice in the murder of Russel Douglas of Langley, who was found shot dead south of Freeland on Dec. 27, 2003.
Craig Platt, one of Thomas' attorneys, asked for a delay in the arraignment. He told Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock that Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks had been advised of the request.
"Mr. Banks and I have been discussing this matter. There have been some developments that we need to deal with," Platt said.
"Without going into a huge amount of detail, the date that would be most appropriate date at this point would be Oct. 24," he added.
Platt said Banks had agreed to not oppose the continuance.
"I don't have a strong objection at this time," Banks said. "I realize there are some issues."
Banks said he would not be as supportive if further delays are sought in the future.
"We do need to get the case progressing," Banks said.
Hancock granted the request.
After the hearing, both Platt and Banks declined to talk about the postponement issues that were hinted at during the brief court session.
Thomas was arrested at Navajo Lake, N.M. on July 9, where she had been living aboard her houseboat, named "Off the Hook." Island County authorities claim Thomas lured Russel Douglas to a remote property on Wahl Road where her boyfriend, James "Jim" Huden.
Thomas attended Monday's hearing, and for the first time, entered the courthouse through the front door, dressed in street clothes. Thomas had been released on bail earlier this month after she posted a $500,000 property bond that was secured by a property she owns in Las Vegas, Nev. and a home owned by her mother in Langley.