By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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The jury trial of Mario Wayne Hackney, 45, has been pushed back to Jan. 28, roughly six weeks from the original trial date of Dec. 17.
Clallam County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Williams ordered the jury trial continuation at a Tuesday status hearing for Hackney, who had eluded police capture for about a month before being arrested in October.
In a Tuesday interview, attorney Loren Oakley, the Clallam County public defender assigned to Hackney, requested the trial continuation so the defense could track down additional witnesses of the incident from which the charges against Hackney stem.
Hackney is being held in the Clallam County jail on a little more than $1 million bond after allegedly firing a shotgun at a man outside a home in the 200 block of Cameron Road in west Port Angeles on Sept. 20.
The shotgun blast did not hit the man but damaged the pickup truck in which the man was hiding.
The man later injured his hands when he fell running along Cameron Road for help, eventually calling 9-1-1 at a nearby truck repair shop.
Hackney then led law enforcement on a four-week manhunt that ended when he was taken into custody without incident at the home in which the shooting originally took place.
Hackney pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm Oct. 26.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at email@example.com.