Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 20, 2014

Burr murder trial delayed

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — The murder trial of a Dieterich woman has been delayed.

Christine Burr, 57, is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the July 2011 death of Joseph Delaney, 54 at the time of his disappearance. A hiker found Delaney's remains near Newton early last year.

Authorities allege Burr threw a pot of boiling water on Delaney before stabbing him to death during a confrontation in her apartment. Burr's daughter Kristy Mathis and Mathis' boyfriend Zebadiah Houser are accused of helping Burr dispose of the body in remote Embarras River bottomland after Delaney's death.

Thursday, Judge J. Marc Kelly granted a defense motion in Effingham County Circuit Court to delay jury selection in Burr's trial. Public Defender Scott Schmidt told the judge he believed the delay was "appropriate."

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Ealy did not object to the defense motion. Kelly said a pre-trial hearing for 11 a.m. March 27, and jury selection for 8:30 a.m. April 14.

Burr remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com