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Prosecutors dealt blow in Va. beating death case

Wednesday - 9/25/2013, 7:00pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Roanoke County prosecutors are facing a setback in their case against a man accused in the beating death of an 18-year-old county woman.

Carey Padgett's trial is scheduled to begin next week. Padgett was arrested in July 2010 after he told police he smoked marijuana with Cara Marie Holley in field, then beat her with a tire iron and buried her body in Franklin County.

On Wednesday, Judge James Swanson concluded that prosecutors waited too late to disclose their intention to call several experts to testify during the 18-day jury trial that begins Oct. 2. A 60-day notice is required.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1dJyUD2) the decision could block as many as three experts from testifying.

Padgett faces capital murder, rape, robbery, forcible sodomy and abduction charges.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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