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Trial delayed for Tampa couple who fled to Cuba with kids

TAMPA — A judge granted a delay Tuesday in the coming trial of a Tampa couple accused of kidnapping their children after losing parental rights and fleeing with them to Cuba.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe moved the trial of Joshua and Sharyn Hakken to Oct. 6 to accommodate a defense witness.

He also ordered a fresh psychiatric examination of Joshua Hakken by a doctor who considered him incompetent a year ago. Other examiners have found Hakken to be delusional — believing the government had been performing mind-control experiments on him — but able to assist in his defense.

A competency hearing is scheduled for July 10.

The Hakkens crossed the Florida Straits on a sailboat with their two young sons in April 2013.

Trial delayed for Tampa couple who fled to Cuba with kids 06/10/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:37pm]
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