Wirkkala murder trial delayed until June

Attorneys reviewing evidence

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 6:00 PM PST December 20, 2013 
BEND, ore. -

A Bend murder trial was delayed by about six months Friday while attorneys continue to sift through evidence.

Luke Wirkkala, 32, is accused of shooting and killing David Ryder, 31, last February.

His trial was scheduled to start next month, but is now scheduled to start June 3rd.

In court documents, prosecutors said both men were drunk the night of the killing, and the two engaged in sexual activity.

Defense lawyers have said Wirkkala was not given his Miranda rights against self-incrimination before being questioned, and was denied his right to a lawyer.

They also claim some evidence was obtained through an illegal search and seizure.