Zane Skinner, now 20, of Rio Rancho, is scheduled for a six-day trial in September.
Skinner is accused of shooting and killing his father on Dec. 9, 2022, and waiting 24 hours to call 911. He did not go to trial Feb. 5 as scheduled as both the state and his defense claim discovery of facts is ongoing.
A definite date for trial will be determined, but the court states it will be in September and last six days.
Skinner pled not guilty by insanity in August. In an insanity defense, the defendant admits the action but asserts a lack of responsibility based on mental illness. The insanity defense is classified as an affirmative defense rather than a partial defense.
“The parties have met and conferred on the status of this case and agree that the case is not yet in a stage at which the parties are ready to begin discussing possible resolution of the case. Discovery is ongoing. Pretrial interviews are ongoing. The defense provided the prosecution with an expert report. The prosecution is consulting with experts in the field to determine the next steps in the case,” a certificate of compliance filed with the 13th Judicial District Court reads.
Skinner is scheduled for a status hearing March 11 to hear the progress of the defense and prosecution in their efforts to obtain experts and address discovery issues.
This postponement is most likely to determine if Skinner’s insanity plea is warranted or not.