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The trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a state trooper in 2015 has been delayed.

Kevin Daigle, 55, charged with the August 2015 first degree murder of Steven Vincent, 44, near Bell City, was set to go on trial March 13 in state district court with jurors brought in from Bossier City.

But on Tuesday, Judge Guy Bradberry granted the defense’s motion for a continuance due to attorney David Price’s recent cancer diagnosis. Price, of the Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office, sits as first chair for the defense.

Second chair Kyla Romanch, also of the Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office, said in court that more information about Price’s prognosis and treatment should be known in the next few weeks. But she said that a new first chair might be needed. Two qualified attorneys are required to sit for the defense.

Bradberry ordered a hearing on the issue for March 2.

He also postponed Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on the “Jackson” evidence — prior bad acts or criminal behavior of a violent nature introduced at the penalty phase of a capital case — until May 10.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Daigle.

Bradberry didn’t set a new trial date on Tuesday. He said that it will be determined after the May 10 hearing.