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Trial Delayed in Miss. Shootings

October 12, 1998

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) _ A judge delayed the trial that was supposed to begin today for a teen-ager who still faces charges in the Pearl High School shootings.

Circuit Judge Robert Goza granted a continuance sought by prosecutors and attorneys for 17-year-old Justin Sledge. Both sides are reviewing information based on interviews with Luke Woodham, the 17-year-old convicted gunman.

Sledge faces accessory-to-murder charges for allegedly persuading Woodham to go on the Oct. 1, 1997, shooting rampage that killed two students and injured seven others.

Christina Menefee, 16, whom Woodham once dated, and Lydia Dew, 17, died in the shooting. Hours earlier, Woodham stabbed his mother, Mary Woodham, 50, to death.

Woodham is serving three consecutive life sentences and seven consecutive 20-year terms.

The trial for Grant Boyette, who also faces accessory-to-murder charges, remains scheduled for Dec. 14.

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