Judge delays reckless murder trial of former NASA astronaut

2 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, March 04 2020 Mar 4, 2020 March 04, 2020 9:49 AM March 04, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Alabama is delaying the reckless murder trial of a former NASA astronaut charged in a crash that killed two girls four years ago. Former space shuttle commander James Halsell was set for trial next week. But the defense requested a postponement citing the death of his lead attorney's father and a judge agreed. No new date was set. Halsell was arrested after a car crash killed two sisters and severely injured their father and a woman in 2016. Authorities say he was under the influence of alcohol. The defense blames the wreck on sleeping medication.

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