BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The defense attorney for a man accused of killing three family members on southeast Montana's Crow Indian Reservation has asked a federal judge to delay a trial scheduled to begin next week.
Public defender David Merchant said the request was made because the ballistics report has not been completed on a weapon recovered from the car of suspect Sheldon Bernard Chase when he was arrested in Spokane, Wash.
Chase is charged with first degree murder in the deaths of his 80-year-old grandmother, his cousin and his cousin's boyfriend. He is being held at the Yellowstone County jail.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has not objected to the request for a continuance.
Merchant says that if the court grants the request the trial likely would be delayed several months.