EVERETT — A sex offender recently convicted of murder in a nearly two-decades-old cold case won’t face his second murder trial until next year.
The defense team for Danny Giles needs more time to investigate allegations that he is responsible for the May 1995 disappearance and presumed death of Tracey Brazzel, a judge was told Tuesday. Giles’ DNA reportedly was found on Brazzel’s vehicle. He also allegedly admitted to being in the 22-year-old woman’s Lynnwood apartment.
The trial now is scheduled for April.
A jury last month convicted Giles of murdering Patti Berry in July 1995.
Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss had severed the two cases, forcing prosecutors to try them separately.
Giles is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for Berry’s slaying. His criminal history includes a 1987 rape conviction, other sex-related offenses and multiple thefts.
He faces a prison term between 36 and 47.5 years, deputy prosecutor Craig Matheson said. Prosecutors will ask for the top punishment.
“This guy is a predator,” Matheson said.
Giles is 46. Barring a successful appeal, whatever sentence he receives likely will send him to prison for the rest of his life.