The retrial of accused murderer Seth Techel will not begin next week as scheduled.
The trial was expected to begin on Monday at the Henry County Courthouse in Mt. Pleasant.
However, Defense Attorney Robert Box filed a motion for a continuance Tuesday morning.
District Judge Daniel Wilson indicated in an email that he would be signing an order to grant the motion, which cited lead Defense Counsel Steve Gardner's health as the reason for granting the continuance.
Judge Wilson is expected to hold a hearing on August 15 to determine when the case may be able to proceed.
Techel's first trial, a month long affair which ended in early March of this year, resulted in a hung jury.
Both parties agreed to a change of venue for the retrial, and in late April Judge Wilson moved the case to Mt. Pleasant.
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