A trial date is set for accused kidnapper and rapist Russell Wayne Deviney.
The 49-year-old Everett, Washington, man will face trial in January. The date was set during a hearing Wednesday, July 13, in Clatsop County Circuit Court.
Deviney allegedly kidnapped and raped a 15-year-old California girl in May 2015 and left her in Astoria, which, police said, was not his intended destination.
He pleaded not guilty to 12 felony charges.
A trial was scheduled to begin this month, but Alexander Hamalian, Deviney’s recently retained defense lawyer, requested it be postponed. Judge Philip Nelson granted the request.
Hamalian said he needs more time to review new evidence and allow expert witnesses to prepare.
The defense lawyer said in a previous court hearing that the Deviney case is one of the most complex he has worked since it involves documents from different states and various computer and cellphone files.
“My hands as a defense attorney are tied,” Hamalian said.
According to court documents, the girl believed Deviney was an 18-year-old named James Russell, or “JR,” who chatted with her on Instagram. Meeting him at a location near her home, she was kidnapped and later sexually assaulted, according to documents.
Deviney allegedly kidnapped the girl in Sanger, California. He left the girl and his 2004 Nissan Pickup at McDonald’s in Astoria two days later.
Cannon Beach Police and FBI agents found Deviney five days after the kidnapping behind a locked gate in a privately owned wooded area south of Cannon Beach. A passer-by reported seeing him and called police.
Deviney remains in custody on $1 million bail.