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Wallace Man’s Murder Trial Moved Back

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The trial of a Wallace man charged with the murder of his two neighbors has been pushed back another month.

The 64 year-old Peter Jordan Chiesa, had been scheduled to go to trial Oct. 27 for the slayings of his two neighbors, 43 year-old Leslie Hannameyer, and 41 year-old Annette Truman, The two women were shot to death 13 months ago while clearing tree clippings from a disputed road easement off Highway 12.

Chiesa´s trial was scheduled to start today. But his attorney, Clyde Blackmon, sought a continuance last month, pushing the trial back to October.

This week, prosecutors asked for another continuance because of witness-scheduling conflicts. The trial is rescheduled to Nov. 18 and is expected to take up to five weeks.

Chiesa is being held in Calaveras County Jail without bail.

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