Alves, charged in Lima murders, waives right to speedy trial



File photo | The Lima News

LIMA — Michelle Alves, charged with murder in the shooting deaths last summer of Charles and Tarissa Sanders at a South Atlantic Street residence, formally waived her constitutional right to a speedy trial during a brief court appearance Monday.

Alves, 31, has been in jail for more than seven months following her indictment by a grand jury last August on two counts of murder in connection with the June 3 shooting deaths of the Sanders couple. Due to a variety of legal reasons, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to competency evaluations to motions filed by her court-appointed attorney and a potential plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, the calendar on Alves’ “speedy trial” rights has been stalled.

Judge Jeffrey Reed said a new trial date of Sept. 21 has been established for Alves. The Lima woman agreed to waive her rights to a speedy trial “as long as Sept. 21 is the day!”

Alves File photo | The Lima News

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