The trial of Lazarus Ortega, the 21-year-old man who stands accused of killing his adoptive mother, was again delayed on Wednesday.
Attorneys for Ortega, who were scheduled to enter his plea in the case at the Berkeley Courthouse, asked the court to reschedule the hearing for Feb. 27.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Sjoberg said that both sides are awaiting the results of several forensics tests related to the crime.
The body of Ortega’s mother, Charlotte Ortega, was found floating in the bay near the Berkeley Pier on Dec. 30. Lazarus Ortega was arrested in connection with the case later that day.