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Delaware Prison Trials Delayed

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has pushed back trial dates for remaining inmate defendants charged in a deadly prison riot.

Seven inmates have been tried in two groups. Only one, who admitted planning the uprising knowing it could become violent, has been convicted of murder in guard Steven Floyd's death.

The second trial ended Monday with no convictions.

In a letter last week, the judge acknowledged attorney concerns about jury selection in the third trial starting March 4, barely two weeks after the second trial. Jury selection is now set for April 29.

Jury selection for the fourth trial has been postponed from April 29 to Oct. 15.

The judge also shifted the inmate groupings, saying there was a conflict with having inmates Robert Hernandez and Luis Sierra in the same group.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.