Trial pushed back for Shelby Farah's murder suspect

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The trial of a man accused of murdering a Metro PCS employee has been delayed.

At a hearing Tuesday, defendant James Rhodes, 22, appeared before a judge to discuss recently filed motions in his case. One motion included a move to push back the trial, which was scheduled for the week of August 11.

The judge granted the defense attorney's motion to delay the trial until issues surrounding the defendant's death penalty eligibility are resolved. Rhodes' lawyers are trying to prove he is intellectually disabled, which would make him not eligible for the death penalty.

A doctor has already evaluated Rhodes to determine if he is intellectually disabled. However, the results will not be ready for several weeks, the defense said.

Rhodes faces several charges, including first degree murder, in the shooting death of 20-year-old Shelby Farah.

Investigators said Rhodes shot Farah execution-style during a robbery at the Metro PCS store where she worked in 2013. July 20 marked one year since her death.

The latest delay is a huge letdown to the victim's family.

"I just want it over. I know there's procedures they have to go through," said Darlene Farah, the victim's mom.

The judge scheduled another pre-trial hearing for August 26. Prosecutors said a new trial date won't be announced until the death penalty issues are resolved, which could be several months.


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