Former astronaut’s murder trial delayed

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A motion says the two sides also are still exchanging evidence. The defence requested a delay, saying attorneys are negotiating a possible settlement involving Halsell.

— An Alabama judge has delayed the case of a former astronaut charged with reckless murder in a deadly car crash as lawyers work on a possible plea agreement. TUSCALOOSA, Ala.

An order issued Friday says a pretrial hearing for onetime NASA space shuttle commander James Halsell Jr. of Huntsville is being postponed from March 30 until June 1.

In this Thursday, April 6, 2000 file photo, Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)

The 60-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck June 6 killed Niomi James and 13-year-old Jayla Parler in a west Alabama county. Police reports show investigators believe alcohol and speed could be factors.

Halsell has pleaded not guilty in the crash and remains free on bond.

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