The motion hearing for first-degree murder defendant James P. Harris was issued a continuance this morning.
Harris’s attorney James Campbell asked for the continuance.
Judge Phillip M. Fromme, presiding over the case, accepted the continuance and set dates for further proceedings.
The continued hearing for the state and defense to argue motions is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28. The defense will enter their motions Sept. 5 and give the state until Oct. 3 to respond.
The final pre-trial date is now 9:30 a.m. Dec 1.
The jury trial is also pushed to Jan. 5, 2015. Chief Justice Fromme estimates the trial will take one and a half weeks to complete.
Harris is formally charged with first-degree murder in the death of James E. Gerety.
Gerety’s skull was discovered March 24, 2012 near a former residence of Harris.
Charges were formally filed against Harris Oct. 31, 2013, after DNA analysis confirmed the human remains as Gerety’s.
Harris is alleged to have killed Gerety between March 3, 2011, and April 20, 2011.
Brandon Jones, Osage County attorney, and Jacqie Spradling, Shawnee County chief deputy district attorney, represent the state’s counsel.