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Man charged in National Park Service worker's attack gets more time to mull plea agreement

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BISBEE, Arizona — A man accused of assaulting a National Park Service employee in southeastern Arizona will get more time to review the evidence against him before deciding on whether to accept a plea deal.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1EQ3MOn) that a judge granted the request made by a new court-appointed attorney for Gil Gaxiola during a hearing Friday.

Attorney William Brown says he only met Gaxiola Thursday and needs more time.

The 34-year-old Gaxiola is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and theft of means of transportation.

Park Service employee Karen Gonzales was found unconscious in a restroom at Chiricahua National Monument in August 2013.

Authorities say evidence in Gaxiola's vehicle ties him to the attack.

His next hearing will be May 29.


Information from: Sierra Vista Herald, http://www.svherald.com

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