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Vanessa Turner – MML Calaveras Bureau

San Andreas, CA — The defense lawyer for an Arnold housekeeper facing murder charges has been granted a request for more time.

Attorney Robert Forkner of Modesto had asked the court to delay the trial of his client, 43-year-old Patricia Ordway, because he needed more time to prepare for the case.

The three-month extension was granted last week in Calaveras County Superior Court. Ordway has entered a not-guilty plea to charges that she murdered her boss, 77-year-old Ray Shires of Arnold, last September.

A trial readiness conference is now scheduled for January 9th at 9:00 a.m., with the trial scheduled to begin January 26th.

Ordway remains in Calaveras County Jail on $500,000 bail.