The murder trial of Steven Ray James, long-delayed by appeals, has been postponed again - this time by a defense attorney's affidavit of prejudice against the judge appointed to decide where the trial will be held.
Last week, the Utah Supreme Court overturned 1st District Judge VeNoy Christoffersen's decision to deny a change of venue for James, 37, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 1986 death of his 3-month-old son.James told police the child was taken from his car while he made a shopping trip. The infant's body was later found along the Bear River.
During a hearing this week, defense attorney Robert Gutke said Christoffersen had shown "bias and prejudice" in originally denying James' motion for moving the trial out of Cache County.
Christoffersen said he will refer the affidavit to another judge, probably one from the Ogden area, for review.