- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has postponed the trial of a 24-year-old man accused of beating a Chattanooga pastor to death in 2014.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/28U21uB ) reports that Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz told defendant Steven Kelley on Thursday that prosecutors asked for more time on the case, which was scheduled to go before a jury on July 26. A new trial date hasn’t been set.

Kelley and his 27-year-old girlfriend Jordan Craig are being tried separately for the November 2014 slaying of 59-year-old Kenneth Johnson, an associate minister at Mount Canaan Baptist Church, who was beaten to death in a ditch.

The couple says they met with Johnson to buy drugs, but officers found no evidence of illegal drugs. Each faces charges of felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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