Pneumonia delays Anchorage murder trial

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A prosecutor's bout with pneumonia has put an Anchorage murder trial on hold.

Joshua Wade, 22, who is charged with beating a woman to death, was scheduled to begin trial next week. But the trial has been postponed until January.

At a pretrial hearing Monday, assistant district attorney Mary Anne Henry said she is just beginning to recover from pneumonia. She said she doesn't expect to be able to take on a trial for another three weeks.

Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton reset the trial for after the new year, saying he did not want to tie up a jury through the holidays.

Wade is accused of killing 33-year-old Della Brown in September 2000.

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