John Kalisz's Murder Trial Could Be Delayed
The man accused of shooting and killing Dixie County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Reed is on the fast track for going to trial, but the process was slowed somewhat Thursday morning.
Many murder trials take well over a year to go to court. John Kalisz's Dixie County trial was supposed to begin June 21st, but it may be pushed back several months.
John Kalisz was brought in from Hernando County, making his second court appearance in a North Central Florida courtroom since he was arrested on a murder charge back in January. Defense attorney Bill Salmon, from Gainesville, asked the judge for a continuance, saying he needs more time preparing for trial. The judge has not made a ruling on that continuance - negotiations between Salmon, State Attorney David Phelps, and Judge James Roy Bean are ongoing. The trial could be pushed back to July or August or maybe even later. Judge Bean says he needs to check his court schedule, but he intends to stay on the case.
"As far as July's concerned, I can't make any promises. It may not be possible. I plan to remain on this case so it may be necessary to set it for August or some other date."
In Hernando County, Kalisz is also charged with murdering his sister and another woman. A pretrial hearing is scheduled there in mid-July. Kalisz's next court appearance in Dixie County is June 10th. He has pled not guilty in Reed's death.
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