Judge Agrees to Delay in Gary Hilton Trial

on February 10, 2012 in Serial Killers by

US District Court Judge Martin Reidinger has agreed to a delay in the trial of Michael Hilton. He was charged in June 2011 with the deaths of John and Irene Bryant, who disappeared while hiking in Pisgah National Forest on October 21, 2007.

In a filing where they asked for more time to review evidence and hire experts, Hilton’s lawyers said:

Capital cases are fundamentally different than any other criminal case, not only in the severity of the potential penalty but in the nature of the evidence and information which must be developed.

Judge Reidinger reset Hilton’s trial date for April 30.

Hilton has already been convicted of two murders. He was sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of a nurse who was hiking. He was also sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a hiker in Georgia.

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