FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A mistrial was declared in the case of a man accused of killing a woman and burying her body in the basement of a house.
Franklin Dent, 38, was charged with murder and altering a death scene in connection to the death of his girlfriend , 34-year-old Jessica Fecht of Portage, Wis.
Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull declared a mistrial before Dent’s trial could begin because someone threatened a witness in front of the jury pool, according to our news partners at 21Alive.
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, the News-Sentinel reported.
A scarf was tied around her neck and cigarette butts with Dent’s DNA were found on top of her body, 21Alive reported.
The new three-day trial has been rescheduled for Aug. 9.
UPDATE: Dent’s sister, Stephanie Dent, 32, was arrested on tampering and obstruction of justice charges and booked in Allen County Jail.