JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – There’s another delay in a high-profile murder trial in Eastern North Carolina.
A judge this morning okayed a motion to have the trial for Earl Kimrey delayed until March of next year.
Kimrey is accused of the death of Mariah Woods, who disappeared from her Onslow County home in 2017 and was later found dead in a creek in Pender County.
An autopsy revealed the three-year-old died from chloroform toxicity.
Kimrey was the live-in boyfriend of the toddler’s mother at the time.
The trial was set to begin on November 8th and has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.
Kimrey’s lawyer, Wally Paramore, said he is involved in a death penalty trial in Duplin County that is set to begin later this month and it could last until October. Paramore also said COVID-19 restrictions, including face-to-face visits inside the Onslow County jail, have impacted their preparation.
Judge Imelda Pate set the trial for March 21st in Onslow County and gave attorneys until February 14th to file any pre-trial motions in the case.
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