Murder retrial, delayed by illnesses, starts Friday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Prosecution of a murder case in East Tennessee has been plagued by the illnesses of both the defendant and the judge.

The Johnson City Press reported a retrial of the first-degree murder charge against 43-year-old Poncho Delgado is now set to begin Friday in Jonesborough.

Delgado was 37 at the time 41-year-old Robert Curtis was fatally stabbed and his home burned.

Delgado went to trial, but it ended in mistrial after one day of testimony. First Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp fell ill and was hospitalized. It took almost a month for a mistrial to be declared.

Delgado has also been ill with multiple health issues and has spent time at a hospital for state inmates in Nashville.

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