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Stephen Scott trial delayed again

The trial for Stephen Scott, who is accused of fatally stabbing his parents at their Denton home in January 2016, has been postponed indefinitely by the Denton County District Attorney's Office.

The trial was slated to start on Monday in Judge Brody Shanklin's 211th Judicial District Court. 

Stephen Scott, August 2016Courtesy photo
Stephen Scott, August 2016
Courtesy photo

"The state has asked for a reset, which we agreed to," said Denton attorney Lee Ann Breading, who is representing Scott in the case. "They wanted another doctor to look at Stephen for his mental health."

Breading filed a notice of insanity defense in April, but she would not elaborate on Scott's official mental health diagnosis.

A new trial date has not yet been set because of multiple factors, Breading said. She said prosecutors wanted to check on the availability of Scott's brother, who lives in Maryland. Also, one of the prosecutors is expecting a child, she said.

"It just depends on a lot of things," she said. 

Scott has officially been charged with capital murder of multiple people. Officials at the DA's office said prosecutors will not seek the death penalty, though Scott could still receive a life sentence without parole if convicted.

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.