The date of the capital murder trial for two men charged with the Christmastime slayings of two women has been changed to May 7.
Von L. Taylor, 25, and Edward S. Deli, 22, were scheduled to stand trial on March 19. But defense attorneys for both defendants asked 3rd District Judge Frank Noel to continue the case until May to give them more time to prepare.The judge ordered two doctors to perform psychological evaluations on the men, but the second report was apparently not received until Monday. The attorneys had asked for additional time to study the reports and prepare a defense. Both Taylor and Deli pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts each of first-degree murder and a long list of other felonies.
The duo was arrested following a chase in Summit County on Dec. 22. Both men are charged with kidnapping Linae, 20, and Tricia Tiede, 16, after shooting the girls' 49-year-old mother, Kay Tiede, and grandmother, Beth Potts, who was 76, blind and partially crippled. The execution-style slayings occurred moments after Linae Tiede and the two victims returned to their cabin and were confronted by armed burglars earlier that day.
The two men - who had escaped from a prison halfway house - are also charged with robbing and then attempting to kill Rolf Tiede, 51, of Humble, Texas, by shooting him in the face. Rolf Tiede testified that he played dead and felt gasoline being poured on his body before he was shot a second time in the back of the head.