Trial postponed for St. Louis man accused of killing wife, burying her

John Mclaughlin

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri man accused of killing his wife and burying her in a shallow grave won’t go on trial as scheduled in September.

Sixty-year-old John McLaughlin is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Linda McLaughlin. She disappeared in June 2015 and her body was found in April 2016 in a grave in the Mark Twain National Forest in southwest Missouri.

Investigators say the couple was divorcing when she died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the trial scheduled for Sept. 24 was rescheduled Monday for May 29, 2019, because defense attorneys asked for more time.

McLaughlin is being held at the St. Louis County Jail in lieu of a $2 million cash-only bail.

The couple’s two adult sons have sued their father over their mother’s death.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch