Flooding delays hearing in 5 Tennessee slayings

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A court hearing in southern Tennessee for a man charged with five murders has been postponed by flooding around Nashville where he is in custody at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

The scheduled Tuesday hearing in Fayetteville on a change of venue motion filed by attorneys for Jacob Shaffer has been delayed to May 18. Shaffer's estranged wife, Tracie, her teenage son, father, brother and a teenage neighbor were slain in two homes in Lincoln County in July 2009. Shaffer is also the suspect in the fatal beating of a man in Huntsville, Ala.

Shaffer's trial is set in January 2011.

Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said Monday that flooding has affected a lot of departmental transportation.


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