EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- The scheduled southwestern Illinois federal trial of an explosives-trained Army veteran accused of strapping a fake bomb to his body last September during a threat-filled day that ended with a seven-hour standoff won't be next week after all.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis rescheduled Roman Otto Conaway's trial for May 2 after his public defender asked for the delay. The Fairview Heights man was to have gone on trial next Tuesday.
Conaway's motion explaining why he wanted the trial postponed was under seal and not publicly accessible. But his public defender said last month that both sides were trying to negotiate a plea deal to charges that Conaway made a false threat to detonate an explosive device and influenced a federal agent by threat.
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