District Judge Jerome Owens signed an order on Wednesday postponing the trial of 49-year-old Thomas McGlothlin, a resident of Vernon Parish who is accused of shooting some 77 rounds of ammunition into a home in Burkeville in August of 2004.
The trial, to be held in Newton County, was originally scheduled to begin on Feb. 17.
Owens’ action came following a request by Newton County prosecutor Misti Spacek who entered documents stating that new evidence had been discovered in the case and that time was needed to investigate the information and disclose it to the defendant.
The action comes as Spacek prepared to take McGlothlin to trial for a second time for the alleged offense. During a trial that took place in August 2006, the jury became hopelessly deadlocked and judge David Walker declared a mistrial.
In the first trial, then Newton County prosecutor A.W. Davis, presented evidence which he said proved that McGlothlin tried to shoot a man as the result of a love triangle, but instead accidentally went to the wrong home.
McGlothlin was represented by Jasper attorney Billy Morian who argued that the shooter might have had the wrong home, but authorities also had the wrong suspect.
David Glaesmann, the owner of the property, said that he and his family were home when the incident occurred, but were able to drop to the floor and narrowly escape injury or death.