Att. Murder Suspect Waives Right To Speedy Trial

Ismael Lopez Accused of Stabbing Cedar City Woman

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A Cedar City teen accused of attempted murder waived his right to a speedy trail after the second week of postponing his plea hearing. 
 
The victim and her family were expecting to hear a plea from Ismael Lopez Tuesday. He is accused of breaking into his girlfriend's house and stabbing her mother several times last month. 
 
The 19-year-old's lawyer told the court that he needs to wait for the results of a blood test before Lopez can plead guilty or not guilty. 
 
This is the second time in one week his attorney postponed the arraignment hearing. 
 
At the time of his arrest, police say Lopez admitted to breaking into the victim's home on November 6. 
 
Lopez allegedly told police that he stole a steak knife from the kitchen, removed most of his clothes and attacked the woman in a fit of rage.
 
Police say Lopez stabbed the woman four times in the chest, neck and arm before the victim's husband tackled him. 
 
Police say Lopez's romantic relationship with the victim's pregnant daughter was forbidden by her parents. Lopez allegedly told officers that the only way he felt he could be with her and his unborn child was by killing her parents. 
 
As this court process continues, Lopez remains in jail held on a $250,000 bond. 
 
Lopez is expected to be back in court on January 31. 

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