Attempted murder trial postponed
The jury trial of a Fairplay man charged in June with attempted murder and arson was postponed Tuesday despite objections from the man's lawyer during a hearing in Washington County Circuit Court.
Eddie Preston Holmes, 48, lived at 7825A Sharpsburg Pike when fire investigators said he set fire to his mobile home while his wife was inside the home.
Shelly Holmes escaped serious injury.
Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office investigators charged Holmes with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson.
Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Robert Veil requested the postponement. Holmes' attorney, Brian Hutchison, said he believed the state should have been ready to try the case Tuesday.
Hutchison said prosecutors were stalling because one of the state's witnesses was on vacation, and results had not yet been obtained of an analysis of a carpet sample sent to a lab for testing.