Judge postpones ‘Bachelor’ star’s fatal accident trial

INDEPENDENCE, IA - APRIL 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Best quality available) In this handout photo provided by the Buchanan County Sheriffs Office, TV personality Chris Soules, who starred in "The Bachelor," is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after the truck he was driving rear-ended another vehicle April 24, 2017 in Independence, Iowa. The incident happened near Aurora, Iowa. (Photo by Buchanan County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The January trial for an Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident last year has been rescheduled.

Chris Soules who appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With The Stars” had been scheduled to face a jury trial on Jan. 18. On Monday, Judge Andrea Dryer approved his attorney’s motion to postpone.

No new trial date has been set. Dryer has said it should begin before May 7.

Soules lost a legal battle Friday in the felony case when Dryer denied his motion to dismiss the charge. He claims Iowa’s law requiring the surviving driver in a fatal accident to remain at the scene until police arrive is unconstitutional.

Soules’ attorneys say he will appeal that ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court.