MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The trial for a man accused in the slaying of a 14-year-old Gerrardstown, W.Va., girl was rescheduled Friday because independent testing of evidence will not be completed on time.
In a pretrial hearing, Berkeley County Circuit Judge David H. Sanders agreed to delay the proceedings for Roger Dwayne Smith until Dec. 12, but clearly was disappointed the scheduled opening date of Oct. 10 could not be met.
Smith, 25, was indicted in February on one count of felony murder in the death of Miana Stewart on Oct. 13, 2005, according to records. Miana was found bound, gagged and tied to a weightlifting bench in the basement of her home, police have said.
Smith also faces charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding after allegedly attacking Miana's mother, Mary Stewart, with a baseball bat when she arrived home later that day, according to records.