Trial over Ohio policeman's slaying delayed until March

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The trial for a man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio policeman has been delayed until March.

Herschel Jones III pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the January slaying of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. The 34-year-old Cottrell was found behind the village's municipal building, after Jones' ex-girlfriend warned police that he was "looking to kill a cop."

Judge Otho Eyster tells the Mount Vernon News ( ) that the trial scheduled for Nov. 1 was pushed back after defense attorneys sought more time to prepare.

They also requested to move the trial, arguing that publicity about the potential death penalty case would make it difficult to find an impartial jury in Knox County. The judge says that issue could be raised as potential jurors are questioned.

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