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July 5, 2013

Trial delay sought in fugitive search case

JACKSON, Miss. — A lawyer is asking for a delay of the July 22 trial of a man accused of pointing a gun at authorities who were searching his house for a most-wanted fugitive.

Royce Funchess was arrested Aug. 7, 2012, when authorities were searching his house for Robert Lee King. King is suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and wounding her daughter in Memphis, Tenn., in 2005.

A U.S. Marshals Service task force says it arrested Funchess after he pointed a gun at an agent.

King, who was on the Marshals' most wanted-list, was not in the house.

A mistrial was declared May 1 in Funchess' first trial after the jury couldn't reach a verdict.

His lawyer wants to delay the second trial due to the attorney's scheduling conflict.

 

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