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Posted: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 9:30PM

New Life Case Motions May Delay Trial

The trial of the three men accused in the New Life Massage Parlor murders hangs on several motions under consideration. Ed Carter, Leslie Duncan, and Frank Black are scheduled to go to trial next month for the murders of Candita Belt and Gloria Ross in 1994 but a decision on motions could cause delays. Attorneys of the three men spoke with Circuit Judge John Atkins Tuesday afternoon. Julie Mudd, attorney for, Ed Carter asked the Judge to delay the case because she had not had enough notice to prepare for a Capital Murder case.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor noted that in the "string of cases" 46 days was the closet parallel Mudd could draw and Pryor pointed out that she filed notice 55 days from trial. Judge Atkins asked all of the attorneys if they would be ready to go to trial on the scheduled date on September 22nd. Rick Boling and Stephanie Ritchie, attorneys for Black and Duncan respectively, told the Judge that they would be ready for trial with or without the death penalty.

Ritchie also renewed a motion to have Judge Atkins removed from the case after addition evidence was found that connected him to the original investigation. The Defense has asked for Judge Atkins to recuse himself from the case because he was working as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney at the time. Judge Atkins set another hearing date for September 2nd.

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