MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Thursday a Mobile County judge granted the defense another delay in the Deblase murder case.
John Deblase and his common law wife Heather Keaton are accused of torturing and killing Deblase's two young children, Chase and Natalie Deblase.
The two pleaded not guilty by reason by mental defect. Deblase has already been evaluated by the prosecutions expert. District Attorney Ashley Rich says it showed he was competent.
Neither Deblase nor Keaton has been evaluated by the defense, one of the reasons for the delay.
Rich says the defense told the judge they needed more time. This is the third time this trial has been delayed.
"We will continue to get our witnesses prepared for the case every time they get a continuance because we intend to see this through to the fullest and make sure that justice is done," said Rich.
Deblase and Keaton will be tried separately. Deblase was set to go to trial next month, but that's been pushed to January. Keaton's trial date has not been set.
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