A trial scheduled to begin in September was postponed until 2009 because Rhoades recently got a new defense attorney.

Ozona District Attorney Laurie English said that as far as she knew, Rhoades was still in Illinois and had not yet been extradited to Texas 2005 A suspected serial killer charged with capital murder for the 1990 slaying of a woman found along Interstate 80 near Fillmore is scheduled for a 10-day preliminary hearing starting Feb. Robert Ben Rhoades, 59, was linked by DNA in 2003 to the murder of 24-year-old Patricia Candice Walsh.

Under Texas law, prosecutors would be able to put Rhoades on trial for both deaths at once. The families, not wanting to relive the tragedy twice, asked Utah officials if Texas could handle both cases at the same time.

Rhoades' Texas case, however, is currently delayed.

For the past 15 years, Rhoades has been serving a life sentence in Illinois for slaying a 14-year-old girl.

Busch believes Rhoades roamed the highways for years, using his truck to satisfy his lust for torture and murder.

Rhoades, a former truck driver, is believed to have equipped the cab of his truck as a type of dungeon with handcuffs on the ceiling used to incapacitate his victims.

He is accused in the book and by investigators of sexually assaulting and systematically torturing the women he held captive before killing them.


A month after Walsh's death, Rhoades picked up 14-year-old Regina Walters and Ricky Lee Jones, two runaways from Texas.Even after the body was found, Walsh went unidentified for 13 years while her remains were kept in the basement of the Millard County Sheriff's Office.But by a set of chance circumstances, Millard County sheriff's detectives were finally able to identify her in 2003.About 45 minutes outside of Eldorado along I-10 is the town of Ozona.There, prosecutors are preparing their case against alleged serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, 62, accused of murdering two people 18 years ago.

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