Fayette County

Trial in UK student's slaying delayed because of attorney's heart attack

The trial of a man accused of killing a University of Kentucky student in 2006 has been delayed because one of his attorney's had a heart attack.

Opening arguments were to be heard in Adrian Lamont Benton's trial Monday. Arguments were pushed to May 16, so a new attorney could prepare.

Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark told jurors that public defender George Sornberger "took pretty ill" Thursday night, as the judge and attorneys readied for the start of the trial.

"Over the weekend, we were advised it was a heart issue," Clark said. "His cardiologist ordered him off this case completely."

Casey Holland, another of Benton's attorneys, told the judge Sornberger had been released from a hospital and was resting at home. Public defender Rodney Barnes will take over for Sornberger.

Benton is charged with murder, several counts of robbery and other charges in the death of John Graves Mattingly III. Raymond L. Wright, who was to stand trial with Benton, pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and two counts of complicity to commit robbery.

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