PENDLETON - Sixth Circuit Court Judge Ronald Pahl postponed the trial of Michelle Dawn Finley after a request from Finley's attorney, Dan Stephens.

Finley is charged with custodial interference after allegedly taking her daughter, Heidi Rus, 7, this past October while exercising her supervised visitations at the home of her parents, Don and Sharyn Finley, in Pendleton.

The girl's father, Tom Rus, of Pasco, has custody of Heidi.

U.S. Marshals arrested Finley Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. Soon after, Heidi was returned to her father.

Finley was arraigned on Nov. 11 in Pendleton. At that time, Pahl set a trial date of Feb. 1.

On Wednesday, Finley appeared in person at the hearing (she previously appeared on closed-circuit television from the jail) after being released this past Friday. The court granted her a conditional release, saying she could not have contact with Heidi or Tom Rus, could not leave the state, would keep in contact with her attorney and make court appearances.

Pahl canceled the Feb. 1 trial date and set another pretrial hearing for Feb. 28. A new trial date will be set later.

Stephens requested the change of date to allow him enough time to procure documents from Washington state, where Finley's custody hearings took place.

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