Bourbon Circuit Judge Rob Johnson didn't want to continue a murder and sodomy trial after already postponing it twice to allow for DNA testing of evidence.
But on Thursday afternoon, he decided he had to continue the case in the interest of fairness so Lewis "Buck" Ballard's attorneys can complete the testing needed for their defense.
The trial is now scheduled to begin in Paris on Aug. 5, two years and a day after 6-year-old Wesley Mullins died in Paris while staying with his grandfather. Ballard, 50, is accused of killing and sodomizing the boy. Mullins, a student at Strode Station Elementary, died from several blunt force injuries to his head.
"This is the reason the trial was continued in October," a frustrated Johnson said Thursday afternoon in Bourbon Circuit Court. "What I want to be sure of is there's a date out there that nothing will happen afterward."