- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - The trial of an Appomattox County man charged with killing his mother has been delayed until next year.

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Scott Phelps’ trial was scheduled to begin on Thursday. The News & Advance (https://bit.ly/1GuZTVW ) reports that Appomattox County Circuit Court Judge Donald Blessing delayed the trial until March 2016 after prosecutors requested a continuance.

Prosecutors said their ballistics expert left the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences for a job with a private firm and is now in Afghanistan.

Phelps is accused of fatally shooting his mother, 46-year-old Laura Phelps Hess, with a .22-caliber rifle on Aug. 1, 2014, at the family’s home. He is charged with charged with first-degree murder, maliciously shooting into an occupied dwelling and use of a firearm in commission of murder.

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Information from: The News & Advance, https://www.newsadvance.com/

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