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Ky capital murder trial delayed for third time

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A capital murder trial in southwestern Kentucky has been delayed for a third time.

Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins on Tuesday reset the case of Tremel Smith for Feb. 17 after ordering more evidence tested for DNA. Smith is charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the death of Susan James.

James' body was found partially naked in March 2011 in Christian County.

The Kentucky New Era reported that a similar continuance occurred in April when the defense received DNA evidence weeks before the trial was supposed to begin on May 20, and the trial was pushed back to July 15. Smith's first trial date was Oct. 29, 2012.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor says a full docket pushed the trial until next year.


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