Fla. judge delays trial in the deaths of 2 Columbia men

October 26, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Florida judge has postponed the start of the trial of three brothers charged with killing two Columbia men and seriously injuring another during a spring break trip in April 1998.

Judge Shawn L. Briese decided last week to delay the start of the trial because he needed additional time to review motions, said Linda Brinker, a spokeswoman for the Volusia County state attorney's office.

The brothers -- Jonathan Trull, 28; Christopher Trull, 26; and Joshua Trull, 19 -- each face two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Matthew Wichita, 21, and Kevans Hall, 23. They also have been charged with the attempted first-degree murder of Seth Qubeck, 22.

Brinker said the trial, which had been scheduled to begin Nov. 29, likely will start in January. Wichita, Hall, Qubeck and several other friends were vacationing in New Smyrna Beach when a group of men attacked them, authorities said.

Four others involved in the attack have pleaded guilty to a range of charges and are expected to testify at the trial, authorities said.

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