Superior Murder Trial Delayed after New Evidence Released

Updated: 04/22/2014 11:37 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 10:55 PM

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The trial for the man accused of murdering his former girlfriend's fiance has been delayed after new evidence has been presented. 

Juan Leonardo Padilla, 40, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., is charged with the shooting death of 46-year-old Terrance Rodney Luukkonen of Duluth last May. Luukkonen was shot outside his workplace at Genesis Attachments in Superior.

Douglas County Attorney Dan Blank said Tuesday that the new evidence - a 'ping' on a cell tower from a phone believed to be Padilla's - could place him in the city at the time of the murder. 

But, Blank added, if cell towers are full they may send the pings to another tower. 

As both sides investigate all possibilities, the judge granted the defense a delay for the trial that was set to start Monday, May 5.

The trial is now set to begin August 18. 

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