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Alleged W.Va. bath salts dealer wants trial delay

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The man who prosecutors say ran daily operations at two north-central West Virginia stores that sold illegal bath salts wants his trial delayed.

John Skruck’s trial was to begin May 12, but his lawyers say he’s not ready. They say they’ve received more than 10,000 pages of discovery — about 1,000 since mid-March.

Lawyer Thorn Thorn also says he only got a list of witnesses 10 days ago.

But prosecutors objected Tuesday, saying Thorn has had access to much of the evidence for months. They say other documents won’t be used at trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob McWilliams also says the names of Drug Enforcement Administration chemists now listed as witnesses were on lab reports for months.

He says the defense has long known it would need its own experts.