Trial may be set soon in Roberson case
A long-delayed murder trial might be set Oct. 12 for Ulysses Roberson, who is charged with murdering his 4-year-old son, Alexander Olive, in their Tahoe Keys home more than 20 years ago. Authorities believe Alexander is dead, but his body has never been found.
The trial had been postponed for numerous reasons, including a long extradition process and questions of whether Roberson’s due process rights had been violated. The latest delay is because the defense has not been able to contact all of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Setting a date for trial depends upon the prosecution, led by Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe, disclosing contact information for their witnesses, said Roberson’s lawyer, Monica Lynch.
“There’s no way I can set a trial date unless I can talk to the witnesses,” Lynch said.
Part of the problem concerned the contact information of Alexander’s mother, Rosemary Olive. Olive lives somewhere in the Bay Area, but is afraid that if Roberson knows where she lives, that he could somehow get to her, despite the fact that he remains incarcerated at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville. Uthe filed a motion to keep Olive’s contact information confidential.
Roberson spent a year in jail for aggravated assault after breaking Olive’s jaw and then keeping her from seeking medical treatment, according to court documents.
However, in a Sept. 17 proceeding in Superior Court, a sealed envelope was presented to Lynch with Olive’s contact information. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury ordered that Lynch not reveal the information to Roberson, or to any other third party, Uthe said.
To date, the prosecution has provided Lynch with contact information for roughly 12 witnesses, and hopes to provide information for all 34 prosecution witnesses before the Oct. 12 proceedings, Uthe said.
The estimated time for the trail, once set, is six weeks, according to the court file. Roberson remains in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville without bail.