The trial for a Wyoming County man charged with the killing of a 24-year-old woman and then dumping her body in the Susquehanna River at Falls, has been delayed two months.
Phillip Donald Walters, 32, of Mill City, is alleged to have killed his live-in girlfriend Haley Lorenzen in December.
After the discovery of her body 22 miles downstream on July 20, District Attorney Jeff Mitchell had announced Walters was scheduled for a September trial date.
However, during pre-trial motions in President Judge Russell Shurtleff’s chambers on Thursday, Walters’ attorney Timothy Michaels had requested a continuance until mid-November for a jury trial so he could build his case, which Shurtleff granted.
Walters was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with criminal homicide. He remains jailed at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility.
Walters also faces a set of criminal charges dealing with child pornography, which were alleged on June 13 after five images were discovered on a forensic scan of his cell phone. Those separate charges were bound over Friday morning to Wyoming County Court, and will work their way through the judicial system.