HANFORD — A jury trial for Todd Pate, who is accused of the 2013 killing of his wife, Melanie Pate, has been postponed until December.
Pate’s second trial was originally set to begin Monday, but will now start on Dec. 4.
Pate previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, but in February, he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Pate’s attorney, Adam Nelson, filed a motion for change of venue on March 30, arguing Pate could not receive a fair retrial in Kings County. Among the reasons given was extensive media coverage of the case.
Judge Donna Tarter denied the motion without prejudice, meaning Nelson could file another request for change of venue later. Tarter said the motion didn’t meet the criteria to warrant a change of venue.
His trial in August 2016 ended in a hung jury and mistrial because one of the 12 jurors felt the evidence did not support a conviction of first-degree murder.
Assistant District Attorney Nick Schuller and Deputy District Attorney Phil Esbenshade will prosecute the case.