Otremba family still waiting for trial

Las Vegas, NV — It has been 3.5 years since 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba was found dead near her home in the northwest part of the valley.

After another delay, her alleged killer will not go to trial until at least this time next year.

Javier Righetti was indicted in connection with Otremba’s murder in October of 2011. His trial was originally scheduled to start a year later, but after four postponements he is now scheduled to go to trial March 15, 2016.

Otremba’s mother said she understands the delays as long as her family only has to go through the process once, “She was a lot of fun, a lot of energy. A lot of joy to be around.”

Jennifer Otremba still wears a green ribbon that reflects her daughter Alyssa’s birthstone as well as the life she lived even if it ended at just 15-years-old.

“We are just trying to stay strong,” Otremba said.

The family said the 15-year-old was walking home from borrowing a text book, but never made it there. Her mother said it was a couple hours before she panicked and called police.

“I honestly thought she ran in to friends. That she was just hanging around with other friends. I never would have dreamt in my wildest dreams that she was gone,” Otremba said.

Homes now stand in what was an empty desert lot near Oso Blanca and Grand Teton where Alyssa’s body was found more than three years ago.

Her mother still remembers getting the news that her daughter had been found raped, stabbed and burned by her alleged killer, “It was gut-wrenching.”

Jennifer Otremba admits it was initially frustrating waiting for Javier Righetti to go to trial. She said after 3.5 years she has learned the complexities of the trial process, especially given the fact that it involves the death penalty.

“I am kind of learning some of the steps in the legal system, and it just takes some time. So, I’ve kind of backed off and I’m being more patient,” Otremba said.

Otremba said she will wait for March of 2016, especially if it means she does not have to sit through two trials.

In the meantime, she is working on exactly what she will say when she gets to address Righetti, “I’m still trying to gather my thoughts, because some day I will get to speak to him.”

Righetti’s trial is currently set to start on March 15, 2016.

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