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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010, 7:08 P.M.

Calif. murder trial for Spokane man delayed

The second murder trial for a former Spokane photographer accused of killing his wife in California more than 25 years ago will be postponed, officials said today.

William G. Mordick, 64, was arrested in Spokane on Feb. 11, 2008, and has been in custody in Orange County, Calif., since. He's charged with first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Katherine Mordick, who was found dead with her throat slashed in the couple's Anaheim Hills home on Jan. 22, 1983.

A jury couldn't reach a verdict after his first trial last fall, according to the Orange County Register. Prosecutors argued Mordick killed his wife "in order to keep custody of his daughters, ages 2 and 4 at the time, and to avoid paying the $650 monthly child support payments," according to an article you can read here.

Mordick's second trial is scheduled to begin April 14, but an assistant to defense lawyer Jack Earley said today that it will be postponed to allow more time to prepare.

Mordick owned and operated Photography by Gregory in Spokane beginning in the early 1990s.

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Spokane photographer held in wife's 1983 slaying

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