TAMPA, Fla. - At a hearing Thursday afternoon, Hillsborough Judge Christopher Nash couldn't say for sure when the case of two teens -- accused of killing a mother and daughter in a fatal crash on Bayshore Boulevard -- would go to trial.
“I'm not sure when jury trials are going to resume. I think October is the best guess,” Judge Nash explained.
Those words likely rang hollow for the victim’s family. For them, all the delays in the case have been frustrating.
Jessica Raubenolt's father, Bob Reisinger joined the Zoom hearing Thursday afternoon. He didn't say a word during the hearing but that wasn't the case last time he was in court.
Reisinger urged the judge to speed things along. "While our families spend our second Christmas without Jessica, this doesn't feel right. To be victims of a crime of this nature it’s very difficult to move forward without criminal justice being served."
Raubenolt and her beautiful 1-year-old daughter Lillia were killed as they crossed Bayshore Boulevard in May of 2018.
John Barrineau (L) and Cole Herrin (R)
Now, more than two years later, a pandemic has brought jury trials to a halt with no clear path to justice.
For David Raubenolt, who lost a daughter and wife that tragic day, every day feels like that day. "Since the unspeakable and terrifying death of my wife and daughter I have suffered every waking moment," he said during a hearing in December 2019.
Judge Nash wants to get an update on this case in two weeks and is expected to set a new trial date at that time.