Sentencing hearing delayed in 1982 Cashmere cold case

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WENATCHEE-A judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for Dawn Soles, the woman convicted as an accomplice in the 1982 murder of her ex-husband, Stephen Smith of Cashmere.

Soles appeared in Chelan County Superior Court this morning. Soles is the former wife of Bernard Swaim who was originally charged with first degree murder but was found not guilty at his trial in August.

Soles was also charged with rendering criminal assistance in Smith’s murder but testified against Swaim as the prosecution’s star witness. Her testimony was discredited by witnesses for the defense and she subsequently changed her plea to guilty after Swaim was acquitted.

During this morning’s hearing there was disagreement between Defense attorney Keith Howard and Prosecutor, Doug Shae over the courts sentencing options.

Judge Lesley Allan ordered both attorneys to submit written briefs and she rescheduled the hearing for later in the afternoon.