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Retrial put off in Lyons slaying case

GEORGETOWN — The retrial of a man whose murder conviction was overturned in 2007 by the Kentucky Supreme Court has been postponed because defense attorneys need more time to evaluate evidence.

During a hearing on Friday, the trial for Roger McBeath Jr., who is accused in the January 2004 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Ashley Lyons, was scheduled from July 13 to 22. Lyons was found dead in her car in a Scott County park. The trial was originally scheduled to start April 17.

"Most people know how I feel about continuing trials," Circuit Judge Robert Johnson said. "As much as I'm frustrated and believe this case needs to come to completion," it's necessary to postpone the trial to avoid a decision being overturned later.

Prosecutors agreed.

Several of Lyons' relatives cried after Johnson's ruling. "This second trial should not even be happening," said Lyons' mother, Carol.

McBeath was convicted in October 2004 of murder and tampering with physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison.

But the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction in December 2007 because a jail informant overstepped his bounds by questioning McBeath in jail about the shooting, and the defense was not allowed to question the accuser.