Trial Delayed for Suspect in Pine Bluff Teen's Slaying

MARCH 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:15 a.m. CST

ARKANSAS CITY, Ark. (AP) - The capital murder trial for a man accused in the death of a Pine Bluff teenager has been delayed five months. Kenneth Osburn, who is charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the August 2006 death of Casey Crowder, now faces a September 21 trial date. The trial initially was set for May.

Circuit Judge Sam Pope granted the defense's motion for the five-month continuance. Pope also set a pretrial hearing for August 23.

Crowder ran out of gas on U.S. 65 at Dumas while she was returning to Pine Bluff after visiting her boyfriend at Pickens. Her body was identified by dental records after it was discovered on September 2, six days after she disappeared. Authorities say she was strangled.

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