LAS VEGAS — A death penalty trial has been delayed in Las Vegas for a Utah man accused of paying a handyman to kill his sixth wife and then killing the hit man.

The indefinite postponement of Thomas William Randolph's trial came last week, after the 56-year-old appealed a Clark County District Court judge's refusal to let him switch lawyers a week before trial was scheduled to start.

A three-judge Nevada Supreme Court panel ordered Judge Stefany Miley to cancel trial until after prosecutors and defense attorneys submit written arguments and the state high court has time to consider them.

Randolph was indicted in January 2009 on conspiracy and murder charges in the slayings of 57-year-old Sharon Clausse Randolph and her killer, 38-year-old Michael James Miller.