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.
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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.