RUPERT, Idaho — The second-degree murder trial of a central Idaho man has been moved to south-central Idaho following a mistrial.
The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/270QWxe) in a story on Friday that the trial for 51-year-old Keith Blankenship of Hailey is scheduled to start Sept. 27 in Minidoka County District Court.
Last month Blaine County Judge Jonathan Brody declared a mistrial after ruling a witness during testimony on the first day of the trial made an accusation against Blankenship that the jury shouldn’t have heard.
Blankenship is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 47-year-old Stephan Michael Romanchuk.
Police say they found Romanchuk’s decomposing body in Blankenship’s backyard.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com