Trial of former music teacher delayed

Christopher Knehans’ trial on charges of sexual contact with a student by a teacher will be delayed until later this summer, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said Thursday. And you can blame a murder trial next week for the delay.

“We had some discovery evidence disclosed to us from the defense (which) was previously filed with the court, but we didn’t see it until this week,” Assistant Prosecutor Anji Gandhi told Green during a four-minute hearing, where she explained her request for a delay in the Knehans trial. “I’m trying a first-degree murder trial on Monday and Tuesday, and won’t have time to adequately investigate everything.”

A jury is to be picked Monday morning for the trial of Keith Kellner, now 49, indicted in February 2011 for the Dec. 17, 2010, killing of his wife, Pamela M. Kellner, 44, while she was working at the McDonald’s restaurant, 1918 Jefferson St.

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