Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

May 13, 2014

Burr murder trial delayed again

EFFINGHAM — The murder trial has again been delayed for a Dieterich woman accused of killing a man whose remains were found more than a year later.

Christine Burr, 58, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Joseph Delaney in the summer of 2011 at an Effingham apartment. Delaney's remains were found in early 2013 by a hiker near Newton.

Burr's daughter and the daughter's boyfriend are accused of helping Burr dump the body in remote Embarras River bottomland. The trio was arrested last December.

Tuesday, Judge Allan Lolie granted a defense motion to delay the trial a second time. Burr had originally been scheduled to stand trial in April, but the case was re-set for June.

Burr is now scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 11 a.m. June 17, with jury selection now set for 8:30 a.m. July 7.

Bill Grimes may be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter @EDNBGrimes.

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