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Hearing delay for UCLA professor Patrick Harran charged in lab fire death of researcher

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UCLA organic chemistry professor, Patrick Harran appears for his arraignment at Los Angeles Superior Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Harran is being charged in connection with a laboratory fire that killed a staff research assistant at UCLA in December 2008.

The arraignment hearing for a UCLA professor charged in the death of a researcher has been postponed again.

KPCC’s Corey Moore was at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles on Friday morning where accused organic chemistry professor Patrick Harran appeared briefly with his attorneys before an L.A. County Superior Court judge.

The judge added another delay to a series of pushes. The hearing isx now scheduled for later this month.

Harran is charged in the 2008 death of 23-year-old researcher Sheri Sangji who was fatally burned in a lab fire. Sangji was not wearing protective gear when a chemical she was handling ignited.

Both the professor and UCLA face felony criminal charges. Moore says a plea deal is reportedly being negotiated, but neither side would offer comment on the case.

If Harran is convicted, he could receive up to four years in prison. 

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