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Sweetheart Murder Trial Delayed for 3rd Time

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - The trial of a 76-year-old man accused of killing 2 teenage lovers in Jefferson County 30 years ago has been delayed for a third time. A judge agreed Thursday to move Edward Edwards’ double homicide trial from June 14th to September 27th.

Defense lawyer Jeff De La Rosa said he had commitments that would interfere with the original trial date. But District Attorney Susan Happ says the real reason for the delay is Edwards’ recent confession that he committed 2 similar killings in Akron Ohio in 1977. Happ says she’ll need time to see how the Ohio case would affect hers. De La Rosa was not sure how it would affect his defense.

Edwards is accused of killing Tim Hack and Kelly Drew, both 19, as they left a wedding reception in Sullivan in 1980. He was arrested last summer after DNA evidence linked him to the slayings.

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