Laramie, WY – The judge handling Wyoming death row inmate Dale Eaton's federal appeal indicates it could take years to work though his case.
U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson this week released the schedule for Eaton's appeal. If it's necessary to hold a hearing on evidence, the judge says it would be in the summer of 2012.
Eaton is Wyoming's only death row inmate. He claims he didn't get a fair trial for the 1988 rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, of Billings, Mont.
Kimmell disappeared in 1988 while driving from across Wyoming
and her body was later found in the North Platte River.
Investigators in 2002 tied Eaton to her death through DNA evidence
and later found her car buried on his property.