Tuesday, December 6, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County prosecutors have engineered another of a series of delays in a nearly two-year old case against a High-Desert developer.

The action has once again delayed the cross-examination of a key-witness.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office filed additional charges against High-Desert developer John Defazio late Monday afternoon.

Defazio, who was already charged with two felony counts of perjury, is now charged with a total of six counts. Online records indicate the new charges, as with the two original counts, are related to Defazio’s October 2009 testimony before the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

Testimony related to his involvement, and the alleged involvement of former Assessor and County Supervisor Bill Postmus’, in the Inland Empire PAC.

A political action committee formed by Defazio in early 2007.

The latest move, which buys prosecutors five more weeks, comes on the eve of the commencement of a probable cause hearing in the case.

A hearing where, sources report, Postmus was subpoenaed to be cross-examined by Defazio’s defense attorney.

Sources also say the new counts come on the heels of Defazio’s repeated refusal to accept any plea offers and drop his demand for a jury trial.

At a pre-preliminary hearing conference, held on Tuesday morning, Superior Court Judge Michael Dest expressed his dismay at the new charges coming on the eve of hearing and reset the proceeding for January 26, 2012.

Defazio’s defense informed the court it was ready to proceed until the latest move by prosecutors.

Dest also told the prosecution he would not entertain any additional delays and to be prepared to move forward.