ST. PETERSBURG — After lingering for six years in the court system, the murder and rape case against Virgil DeBose is now scheduled for May 21.
DeBose was arrested in March 2007 on a sexual battery charge against a 78-year-old woman in her St. Petersburg condominium.
She died about a month later, and prosecutors say her death was a result of the injuries she received during the attack. So DeBose was charged with first-degree murder as well.
A series of delays bogged down the trial, but attorneys said in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Friday that they are ready to proceed with the trial of DeBose, 48.
Defense attorney Keith Hammond said he has made a plea offer to prosecutors that could end the case without a trial. Assistant State Attorney Michael Marr said the matter is under consideration, but it's unlikely prosecutors will accept it.