HANFORD — A jury trial for Todd Pate, who is accused of the 2013 killing of his wife, Melanie Pate, is set to be postponed once again.
Pate’s second trial was originally set to begin Monday, but will most likely not happen until early 2018.
Deputy District Attorney Phil Esbenshade, who is prosecuting the case, said the trial is being postponed due to personal matters involving Pate’s attorney, Adam Nelson.
Pate’s 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.
Pate previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, but in February, he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Nelson also 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.
Esbenshade said a date for the new trial will be set during a meeting on Dec. 13.
“We’re anxious to set a date,” Esbenshade said. “The family is ready to get this case resolved.”