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Mother of murdered teen speaks out about trial delay for accused killer

Mother of murdered teen speaks out about trial delay for accused killer

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Oct 12, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Justice is delayed for the family of an Arbor View High School student who was murdered last year.

Alyssa Otremba's accused killer, Javier Righetti, was supposed to go on trial next week, but a judge granted his attorneys' request for more time to prepare their case.

Alyssa's mother, Jennifer Otremba, said she is frustrated by the delay, but what matters most, she said, is making sure nothing stands in the way of a conviction for the 19 year old charged with murdering her child.

Jennifer said, "It's hard to believe that they would allow for a case to continue for two, three, four years." But she was also prepared for the delay because it is a death penalty case.

Jennifer has already had to sit in court, looking at her daughter's accused killer; listening as the charges against him were read, while knowing the details of how her child was stalked by a stranger.

Police said Righetti raped and stabbed Alyssa, then set her body on fire. He pleaded not guilty and was supposed to go on trial next week. That was delayed to next May after a judge granted his attorneys' request for more time to prepare.

Jennifer said this past year has taken a toll on her 15-year-old and 7-year-old daughters.

She said she's sad on a regular basis, but she's coping with help from Alyssa's classmates and teachers at Arbor View High School. They created a scholarship in her honor and hold fundraisers for it.

Jennifer is also on a mission to raise awareness of teen violence. She says Righetti had a record dating back to when he was 12. She's torn between feelings of anger and sadness, "And it's hard to put puzzle pieces back together. It's just a bunch of broken pieces and you're just trying to figure out what to do in life now, and it's going to be a life long journey."

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.