The trial of a man accused of murdering a woman in Benson in 2010 has been rescheduled for next year.
Robert Eugene Sappington, 39, is charged with first-degree murder of Devvra Alesya Keyes and abandonment or concealment of her dead body on Sept. 7, 2010. He is facing the death penalty.
On Friday, Cochise County Superior Court Judge Wallace Hoggatt granted the defense’s motion to continue the trial and set a new date for March 17, 2014. Sappington’s jury trial has been continued several times, with the most recent date set for July 31.
The co-defendant in the case, Jarod Michael Larson, 25, pleaded guilty to the murder charge in July 2012 as part of a plea deal that saw the concealment charge dismissed.
On Dec. 10, 2012, Larson was sentenced to natural life in prison, meaning he is not eligible for release from prison.
Sappington remains booked in the Cochise County Jail.
[Derek Jordan is a reporter at the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review, the News-Sun's sister publication.]