A Nampa man who is accused of murdering and dismembering his friend in Idaho City 15 years ago won’t go on trial until September of 2016, according to court records.
Michael S. Dauber is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joshua Reddington, a 25-year-old Salmon man. Boise County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.
In October, investigators found Reddington’s partial remains at an Idaho City cabin that Dauber shared with another man. At a preliminary hearing in February, Dauber’s former roommate described seeing Reddington’s body at the cabin.
Dauber pleaded not guilty to the charge in March.
The murder trial was scheduled to start Aug. 3, but more time was needed for scientific work and “discovery,” or exchange of information about witnesses, evidence that will be presented at trial, Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen said at a pre-trial conference Wednesday. Dauber waived his right to a speedy trial.
Jury selection will begin Aug. 19 and the trial is set to begin Sept. 12, 2016. The trial is expected to take several weeks.
Owen said the trial will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. He said there would be no court on Wednesdays to give attorneys on both sides time to prepare.
The jurors will be from Boise County but the trial will be held at the Ada County Courthouse due to security concerns about the historic Boise County Courthouse, which dates back to the late 1800s. Owens said a recent study on the security of the old courthouse confirmed that the those issues cannot be easily remedied.
Dauber is also charged with first-degree murder in the death of Steven Kalogerakos, a 42-year-old who went missing in December of 2007. Kalogerokos’ dismembered body was found in a shallow grave outside Idaho City.