New trial date set in 2011 Woodstock-area murder
WOODSTOCK – Another new trial date has been set for Timothy Smith, who is accused of murdering a former court security officer over Memorial Day weekend 2011.
Smith's trial has been postponed until Nov. 26; it had been scheduled to begin July 30.
Smith's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer, said that she recently has received information regarding gunshot residue analysis but is waiting for other test results, such as weapons and ballistics analysis.
These forensic results are particularly important, she said, because Smith, 27, acted out of self-defense when he shot Kurt Milliman, 48, of Prairie Grove.
Assistant State's Attorney Michael Combs, who is chief of the criminal division, objected to changing the trial date and added that he would be unavailable in late October because of another, unrelated murder trial.
Combs said that he could present his case against Smith in about a day and a half; Messer said she does not expect the trial to last longer than a week.
Smith's wife, Kimberly A. Smith, 29, faces several charges as well, including prostitution and obstructing justice. Police have said that Milliman responded to an online ad for sex and a dispute broke out, possibly over money.
Kimberly Smith has a scheduled court date on Monday. Her trial currently is set for Nov. 5.
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