Trial delayed for man accused of killing Peru college student

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BEATRICE, Neb. (WOWT) -- A judge has delayed the trial of man accused of killing a Peru State College student.

The judge granted the defense request Friday for 38-year-old Joshua Keadle but didn't set a new date. Keadle's attorney had asked for more time to prepare. The trial had been scheduled to begin Sept. 16, but has been rescheduled for Jan. 27, 2020.

Keadle has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the disappearance and presumed death of a 19-year-old Tyler "Ty" Thomas. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. The state issued a death certificate for Thomas in 2013, even though her body has never been found.

Keadle is serving a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for the 2008 rape of a 15-year-old girl.

His murder trial has been moved to Gage County from Nemaha County.