A hearing to determine if Matthew H. de Vore can plead guilty to second-degree murder has been delayed to Dec. 19.
Defense attorney Scott Johnson on Wednesday requested time to meet with his client and discuss a response prosecutors filed Tuesday.
De Vore, 40, has yet been arraigned in Benton County Superior Court for the Nov. 24 fatal stabbing of Thomas R. Christian Sr.
“This is a very serious and complicated matter, so I do think each party should have the opportunity to fully address the issues that have been raised,” said Judge Cameron Mitchell.
De Vore tried to plead guilty on Dec. 4, but prosecutors objected unless he admitted to an upgraded charge of premeditated first-degree murder.
Christian, 45, was stabbed as he sat in the lobby of a blood donation center with is girlfriend, Brenda de Vore. Brenda and Matthew de Vore are divorcing after an 18-year marriage.