The scheduled retrial of an Oregon defendant who was accused of committing a brutal hammer attack on a woman has been scrapped – with the defendant to walk free – because the key witness in the case said she won’t testify without wearing a face mask, according to a report.Heather Fawcett, 41, of McMinnville, who authorities have said was attacked by defendant Pedro Sanchez, argued she doesn’t want to put herself at risk of catching the coronavirus by testifying maskless, OregonLive.com reported.”It’s the second time I’m going through this trial,” Fawcett told the news outlet. “And now you’re gonna tell me I have to expose my friends and my family and people I care about and myself to this virus?”Crime victims’ rights advocate Rosemary Brewer said it appeared to be another instance in which the rights of defendants were placed ahead of those of crime victims.CALIFORNIA COUPLE’S SLAYING IN MEXICO LEADS TO ARREST, AUTHORITIES SAY”I’m concerned that the courts are not granting victims their rights with the same priority that they are for defendants due to COVID-19,” Brewer, executive director of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, told OregonLive.com.”The courts are not granting victims their rights with the same priority


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