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Stephen Scott capital murder trial removed from docket

Stephen Scott's capital murder trial has been postponed with no new trial date in sight. 

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott

Scott, 41, is accused of fatally stabbing his parents at their Denton home in January 2016. He was originally scheduled for a jury trial on Monday in Judge Brody Shanklin's 211th District Court, but the defense and prosecutors recently agreed to take it off the docket, First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said. 

"I am not at liberty to give details on the reason," Beck said. 

Scott has another announcement hearing scheduled for Jan. 8. This is the sixth time a jury trial has been postponed in this case, according to court records. It's unclear whether his trial will be reset. 

 Scott's court-appointed attorney, Lee Ann Breading, could not be reached for comment. 

A Denton County grand jury indicted Scott on Jan. 21, 2016, for allegedly stabbing to death his parents, Marion Scott, 75, and Linda Scott, 70, in their home on Jan. 10, 2016, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police said Stephen Scott told a 911 dispatcher he was responsible for his parents' deaths. He remains in Denton County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, jail records show.

While in custody, Scott was hospitalized for what was believed to have been a self-inflicted head wound. Breading filed a notice to seek an insanity defense in April. Since then, subpoenas have continued to go out to police officers and medical experts. 

Beck previously said prosecutors will not seek the death penalty, though Scott could still receive a sentence of life without parole if convicted.

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