MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A high-profile local capital murder case has been delayed again until June 4, 2013.
This latest delay, pushing the trial date back from its April 1 start date, marks the fifth in the capital murder trial.
John Deblase and his common law wife Heather Keaton are accused of torturing and killing Deblase's two young children, Natalie and Chase Deblase. The children's bodies were found in the woods in 2010.
FOX10 asked Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich why the case has not gone to trial yet.
" It's not unusual that we have this many delays in a capitol murder death penalty case where we have two co-defendants who are being tried separately, and we have the volume of paper that we have in this case," said Rich.
Rich said she cannot comment on why the trial was delayed and said the continuances don't affect tax dollars.
"So far we haven't had to expend any additional amounts of money because of the continuances. It's just another day in the life of the Mobile County District Attorney's Office," said Rich.
The defense team is, however, court appointed, which means they are paid with state tax dollars. Officials said we won't know what the total bill is until the expenses are turned in and the trial ends.
We do know is every time they go to court and the trial is delayed, the more hours are added to a bill paid out of tax dollars.
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