MISSOULA (AP) — A trial is set to begin Jan. 4 in the case of a western Montana man charged with killing and dismembering two people and trying to dissolve their bodies in plastic tubs of acid.
The Missoulian reports attorneys for 26-year-old Augustus Standingrock asked to reschedule his Nov. 7 trial to give them time to analyze DNA evidence the state crime lab was expected finish examining this week.
District Judge James Wheelis granted the request Thursday.
Standingrock and 25-year-old Tiffany Pierce are charged with killing 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles at a Missoula residence in August 2017.
Both have pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide and evidence tampering and are jailed with their bail set at $2 million.
Pierce’s trial is set for March 1.