Trial in Springfield Teen's Death Delayed

8 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 25 2011 Oct 25, 2011 Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6:40:33 AM CDT October 25, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The trial of a Springfield teen charged with killing a high school student has been delayed.

Nineteen-year-old James Duke was scheduled for trial on Monday. But he had been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation before the trial and his attorney says Duke wasn't sent for evaluation until late last week.

After a hearing Monday Judge Tom Mountjoy set the case for January 2012.

Duke is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Kody Ray, a student at Hillcrest High School in Springfield. Ray was shot late March has he stood on the front porch of his home.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that another teen, Jordan Martin, is also charged in Ray's death.

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