- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Trial has been delayed for a flight attendant accused of fabricating a story that prompted an emergency landing in North Dakota.

Justin Cox-Sever, of Tempe, Arizona, had been scheduled for a three-day trial in federal court in Bismarck starting Tuesday. Judge Daniel Hovland granted a defense motion to delay it for two months.

Hovland rescheduled the trial to begin Feb. 23.

Cox-Sever is accused of stuffing a bag with towels and reporting it as a suspicious package on a SkyWest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Dickinson Sept. 9. The Dickinson airport was temporarily shut down after the plane landed.

Authorities are investigating whether Cox-Sever also is tied to a bogus bomb threat on a flight from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Chicago on July 7. He hasn’t been charged in that case.

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