Arguments heard to split cases: Co-defendants of Arcata fatal stabbing

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EUREKA- The defense has filed a motion to separate the three suspect's cases for the fatal stabbing of an Arcata chef that occurred back in November. Co-defense attorneys for Sophie Rocheleau and Nicholas Stoiber have asked the court to sever each co-defendant in the case, so that each case would go through trial separately.

Both suspects face lesser charges, assault, while Juan Ferrer, the only suspect in custody, faces charges for murder.

The defense said the current state of the case holds significant issues with evidence. Arguing that problems will arise when law enforcement testifies about the suspects interviews where they discuss each other.

Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos argued that the case could continue with the three co-defendants. He said questions and responses can be limited to a single suspect. Gallegos agreed to submit an example of the questions to the court.

The court is set to rule on the decision on July 21st.