Trial pushed back: Medical issue plagues attorney

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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The trial of William Oakes, the Rhome teenager accused of shooting and killing his father two years ago, has been rescheduled for later this year.

The murder trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday in 271st District Court in Decatur, but Oakes’ attorney, Reagan Wynn, filed a motion for continuance Monday due to a medical issue that began late last week and continued into this week. Court filings included a letter from Wynn’s doctor explaining the medication prescribed for the medical issue “will severely impair Mr. Wynn’s ability to function normally.” The issue could also require surgery which would include at least a few days of recovery, the doctor wrote.

District Judge Brock Smith granted the motion for continuance Monday.

The trial has been rescheduled for Sept. 10.

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