Trial postponed in Glazier murder case

The trial of William Frank Simmons, 30, who is accused of murdering 15-year-old Kaelin Rose Glazier in 1996, has been postponed after defense attorneys requested more time to review evidence provided to them, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

After being the primary suspect in the investigation for more than a decade, Simmons was charged with Glazier's murder on April 8.

His trial had been set to begin on Feb. 8, but the next step in the case now will be a pre-trial conference set for Jan. 31, a press release said.

The murder charge against Simmons came two years after Glazier's remains were found by a man working in his field near the Ruch property where Simmons lived in 1996.

Simmons, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, is reportedly the last person to have seen Glazier alive.

According to police, she stopped by his home on Nov. 6, 1996, while on her way to the Applegate Christian Fellowship for a youth group meeting.

After Glazier's remains were found, an interagency task force made up of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Medford police, the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory, the district attorney's office, and the FBI combined efforts to gather evidence throughout the investigation, and eventually build a case against Simmons.

Simmons has a criminal history dating to 1998, when he turned 18, with convictions for first- and second-degree theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft and delivery of methamphetamine, court records show.

If convicted of murder, Simmons faces life in prison with a mandatory 25 years before being eligible for parole.

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