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Waiting for DNA, other test results to delay murder trial of Jeb Daly

NORTHAMPTON — The murder trial of Jeb Daly must be delayed from November until early next year to allow time to get the results of DNA and other tests, lawyers said Thursday.

Daly, 37, of Huntington, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and misleading police in connection with the strangulation and beating death of his girlfriend Jessica Dana in June 2012.

During a hearing in Hampshire Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Bucci and defense attorney Alan Rubin of the Committee for Public Counsel Services said results of evidence testing will not be complete in time to bring the case to trial in November as scheduled.

The lawyers suggested removing the case from the upcoming trial schedule and returning Nov. 26 for a status hearing to determine a more appropriate date.

Bucci said December is not realistic target and because the retrial of Cara Lee Rintala on a murder charge already is scheduled for January, it may be February before Daly’s trial can begin.

The district attorney’s office alleges Daly killed Dana following an argument and put her body in a cardboard box behind the couple’s home at 8 Rocky Brook Drive in Huntington.

Dana’s body was discovered June 24, 2012, while friends and relatives searched the area after not hearing from her.

Daly allegedly told police that Dana left the home on her own following the argument and had not returned, although she left her three children, shoes, purse and cellphone behind.

Dana had two children with Daly and a third from a previous relationship. All three are in the care of relatives, according to authorities.

Daly has been held without bail since his arrest on June 24, 2012.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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