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Fort Wayne man’s murder trial pushed back again

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A trial for a Fort Wayne man accused of killing a woman and burying her body in the basement of a house has been rescheduled again.

Franklin Dent, 38, is charged with murder and altering a death scene in connection to the death of his girlfriend , 34-year-old Jessica Fecht of Portage, Wis.

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In March, a mistrial was declared before the trial could begin because his sister threatened a witness in front of the jury pool.

The trial is being pushed back now because a witness has new evidence. Both sides are taking time to look at the new evidence. The new trial date is Jan. 10, 2017, according to our news partners 21Alive.

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Fecht’s body was found in the basement of a home she shared with Dent in the 1500 block of Sherman Boulevard, Fort Wayne, in February 2015.

A cleaning-company was emptying the house when a worker found Fecht’s body buried in a hole.

A scarf was tied around her neck and cigarette butts with Dent’s DNA were found on top of her body, police said.

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