- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - A judge has postponed a Palmyra man’s murder trial a week before it was scheduled to start to allow defense lawyers time to review newly disclosed evidence.

Jason Cote’s lawyers filed a motion to exclude two reports because they were delivered months after the court-imposed evidence deadline. The evidence includes reports on blood spatter and damage done by a metal pipe allegedly used to commit the crime.

The motion to exclude the evidence was denied.

But the Morning Sentinel (https://bit.ly/RLnYPS ) reports that Cote’s trial on charges he bludgeoned Ricky Cole to death in the town of Detroit in July that was supposed to begin Monday, will now be held in September.

Cote’s lawyer, John Alsop, said he was given the potentially crucial evidence “unpardonably late.”

Prosecutors opposed the motion.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, https://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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