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Feb 4, 2010 11:39 AM by Jennifer Stephens

Barkus trial facing more delays

There's been another complication in the trial of State Senator Greg Barkus, this time in the form of delays requested by both the defense and the prosecution.

Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan requested a delay this week, saying he needs more time to prepare.

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He states in court papers that he's still waiting for a accident expert, Miles Beam, to come to Montana and assess the scene of the crash.Beam is traveling from North Carolina and can't get here until spring.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Todd Glazier tells us he has also requested a delay in hopes they can settle the matter out of court, something he says he's been working on for months.

Barkus is charged with three felonies stemming from a late August boat accident on Flathead Lake. He has pleaded not guilty to those felonies, including one count of criminal endangerment and two counts of negligent vehicular assault.

Also injured in the crash were Barkus' wife, Kathy, Congressman Denny Rehberg; and two of Rehberg's staffers, Kristin Smith and Dustin Frost. The trial date was originally set for April 5, and hasn't been rescheduled yet.

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