Murder trial delayed for suspect in New Haven stabbing

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By Staff

The trial for David Jerome Willett, suspected in the stabbing death of Eric Douglas Stallard in New Haven last December, has been delayed a second time.

Willett, 27, New Hope, stands accused of stabbing 39-year-old Stallard, New Haven, in an apartment at 107 Locust St. in New Haven the evening of Dec. 2, 2010. At the time, police reported that an argument about who Stallard was dating escalated into violence. Stallard was reportedly killed with a 7-inch lockblade.

Willett was indicted for murder and a second-degree persistent felony offender charge last December. According to Jailer Dorcas Figg, Willett has been in the Nelson County Jail on a $1 million bond since Dec. 6.

Willett was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Friday with a jury trial set for Oct. 31. However, his counsel made a motion to reschedule earlier this month, citing outstanding discovery issues and stating that a co-counsel recently named to Willett’s case needed additional time to prepare.

A new pre-trial date has been set for 9 a.m. Feb. 3, with a jury trial to follow at 9 a.m. Feb. 13.

Willett was previously convicted of complicity to second-degree robbery.