CAMP VERDE -- Attorney John Erickson represented Jack Rider for the first time in court Tuesday. Erickson was assigned to represent Rider on the first-degree murder charge filed last year. Rider is alleged to have killed Krystil Wilson while swimming near Beasely Flats on July 19, 2007.
Erickson asked for a continuance for 60 days while saying he is working through the discovery process. The prosecution still has not filed the required notice that the charge will be tried as a death penalty case.
Erickson again asked that Judge Jennifer Campbell relax the release conditions for Rider.
He argued that Rider's home is in Florida, where he has a wife and family. He has no job in Arizona and no place to stay and the family is running out of money. He said he cannot afford to support two households. Rider is reported to be living with friends of his parents in Tucson. Rider had been located while studying to become a detention officer.
Prosecutor Patti Wortman agreed to relax release conditions, but she would not consider that Rider be allowed to leave the state.