Supreme Court Delays Trial

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Tuesday, May 22 2007 May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 3:00:32 PM CDT May 22, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Supreme Court orders a delay in a man's trial on murder and rape charges, over his objections. Stanley Johnson was charged last year in the 1994 rape and killing of a north St. Louis County woman. He was already serving prison time for burglary and stealing convictions. A public defender was appointed to represent Johnson in the murder case. The lawyer argued he needed more time to get ready for trial, where the state sought the death penalty. Johnson opposed delaying the trial and pointed to a state law requiring trial within six months. After a judge set it for March, the Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked the trial from beginning. On Tuesday, the high court said the man's lawyer showed good cause to delay, and ordered the trial pushed back.

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