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Firefighter trial delayed

The trial of Jason Hendrix, the Edgerton firefighter charged with murder in the death of Dearborn firefighter Travis Brown, has been delayed again.

A Platte County jury is not expected to hear the case until February. Prosecution and defense attorneys both have requested more time to prepare.

Judge Rex Gabbert of Clay County granted the request last week in Platte County Circuit Court to delay the trial until Feb. 10. Hendrix, 27, is charged with second degree murder in the death of Travis Brown. Brown died in June of 2001 when the tanker truck in which he was riding overturned while on the way to a fire that Hendrix allegedly started.

Hendrix is also charged with second degree arson, first degree property damage and five counts of negligently setting fire to a woodland, cropland or grassland. He has pled innocent to the charges.

Special prosecutor Patrick Peters and defense attorney Bert Godding requested the delay because of evidence issues that need to be addressed.

The judge also heard a defense motion to dismiss the second degree murder charge. The judge took the motion under advisement and both sides are to present briefs in the next two weeks.

A hearing is scheduled to be held Oct. 18 to discuss the evidence issues, and Gabbert may rule on the defense motion to dismiss the murder charge at that time.