Trial in student's death delayed New evidence surfaces in stabbing death of a Salisbury State student.

July 20, 1992|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Staff Writer

DENTON -- A Caroline County Circuit Court judge today postponed the murder trial of a man accused of killing a 17-year-old Salisbury State University student after defense lawyers said they needed time to review new evidence.

The trial of David Anthony Boyd, charged with the Sept. 9 fatal stabbing of Salisbury State freshman Heather Miller in a restroom at Salisbury Mall, was to have begun here today before Judge J. Owen Wise. Ms. Miller was from Pittsburgh.

Assistant Public Defender Gary Christopher asked for a delay after saying he had learned prosecutors intended to introduce into evidence a confession letter they said contained Mr. Boyd's fingerprints.

Although Mr. Christopher said the letter was signed by "someone other than David Boyd," Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis R. Ruark said tests showed Mr. Boyd's fingerprints were on the piece of legal paper used as stationery.

Mr. Christopher said he needed up to three weeks to examine the letter. He said he also wanted to determine if Mr. Boyd had been coerced into writing the letter or if the defendant's handwriting was forged.

Mr. Christopher also said he wanted time to see if there was a link between the written confession and a telephone call to police where the caller allegedly confessed to the murder of Ms. Miller.

Boyd, 34, has pleaded not guilty.

Ms. Miller's friends and family, many who had driven several hundred miles to be in Denton today for the start of the trial, said they were stunned by the delay.

Judge Wise said a new trial date would be set within 30 days.

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