In this July 2020 TDN file photo, Jay Douglas (center) appears alongside his acting attorney, Shon Bogar (left), at a court hearing. Bogar on Friday asked a judge at the Cowlitz County Supreme Court to appoint a new attorney for the case who previously changed legal counsel twice.
The Cowlitz County Public Defense Bureau is again looking for an attorney to represent former Triangle Motors owner Jay Douglas on a child rape case that has now lasted over two years and three attorneys waiting for the process.
Douglas and co-suspect Heather Hughes were arrested in March 2018 on suspicion of child rape and human trafficking. Their cases have been mired in delays and disputes between Douglas and his lawyers.
His trial has been postponed at least nine times and is currently unscheduled due in part to the pandemic.
On Friday, Shon Bogar, a Vancouver attorney currently representing Douglas, a Cowlitz Supreme Court judge, asked to reappoint a new attorney for the case. He said the decision could help expedite the case if the case goes to court.
“I have four very serious cases that will take anywhere from one to three weeks to try,” and his involvement in those cases precedes his work with Douglas, Bogar said.
Bogar also stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic had made working with a customer outside the county difficult for him.
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“I was the first lawyer to request a sequel because of the pandemic … I was very loud in saying that we were going to have the worst time we have ever seen,” said Bogar. “I’ve done my best to do my part to keep the virus from spreading, which is not helping Mr. Douglas, but that’s the way I have been ethically and legally committed.”