It has been 8 ½ years since police locked up a convicted sex offender named Clarence Dean and accused him of strangling a prostitute in his Times Square hotel room.

But the man who police say killed Kristine Yitref still hasn't been brought to trial.

The unusual delay was due partly to a yearslong fight over forensic evidence involving a bite mark on the victim's body.

The woman's family also hasn't pushed for a trial that one relative says would dredge up bad memories of Yitref's descent into drugs and prostitution.

She was 33 when she died.

Dean has had among the longest pre-trial detentions of any criminal suspect in New York.

A judge last week set a new trial date in July.