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 ( 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,