CARTER COUNTY -- The trial for a a Carter County man accused of killing a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant has been postponed.
Lance Shockley, 29, of Van Buren, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham, 37, on March 20, 2005. Graham was shot and killed in the front yard of his rural Van Buren home.
Shockley also faces charges of leaving the scene of a 2004 fatality truck accident, also in Carter County.
Carter County prosecuting Attorney Mike Liggons said the defense in the case has asked for a continuance because they are not ready to proceed with a trial.
The trial has been set for Jan. 17, 2007.
Prosecutors say Shockley shot Graham to stop his investigation into an automobile crash that killed Jeffrey Bayless, 32, of Van Buren.
Sgt. Graham's investigation had led him to witnesses who claim Shockley was driving the truck that killed Bayless and then fled the scene of the accident
Graham was killed by a bullet from a .243-caliber rifle.
Graham was a zone commander stationed at Van Buren and assigned to Troop G Headquarters in Willow Springs.
Shockley is being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail without bond.