The murder trial of William Seth Denmark, which had been scheduled for February, has been moved forward to April 23.

Denmark is accused of murdering teen David Beech, although Beech's body has never been found.

During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday before Judge David W. Nibert, the principals in the trial agreed to the re-scheduling, related to a number of motions before the court that needed further addressing.

Prosecutor Shannon Johnson said about 90 citizens have been selected as prospective jurors.

A considerable number of witnesses are expected to be called to give testimony in the case.

Defense attorney Barbara Schamberger indicated she would like to have an independent expert examine ballistics being used by the prosecutor in the case.

Schamberger is being assisted by co-counsel Lee Benford.

Adjunct prosecutor Josh Downey raised concerns regarding the integrity of the chain-of-possession of forensic evidence.

Additional pre-trial hearings will be scheduled before the trial.

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