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2nd-degree murder trial postponed

The 2nd-degree murder trial for a 29-year-old St. Maries man who allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head on Christmas morning of 2011 has been temporarily postponed.

According to Benewah County First District Court officials, the process got under way yesterday with jury selection for Joseph Herrera's trial, but they were "not able to come up with enough jurors to conduct the trial."

A status conference is scheduled for March 22nd. In the meantime, court officials will determine whether to put together a new jury summons pool or request a change of venue for the case.

Herrera has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 18-year-old Stefanie Comack. He previously claimed that the gun accidentally discharged while he was unloading it, but Benewah County Prosecutor Doug Payne had previously stated that evidence showed when the gun discharged it was very close to Comack's head.


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