The trial date has been vacated for the woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in his garage in 2016.
Kathryn Sinkevitch’s first-degree murder trial was set to begin May 8 but might not be heard until November.
Defense attorney Bret Huggins requested the trial be moved due to a capital case he is representing around the same time as Sinkevitch’s original trial date.
Judge Kevin White granted the motion after prosecutor Shawn Jensvold made no objection. Jensvold said a date in November is possible.
Sinkevitch, 34, of Tempe, was charged with the murder of 31-year-old Michael Agerter in December 2016. Agerter had a child with Sinkevitch and was reportedly seeking custody of the newborn.
Agerter’s family was present in court, the child in the care of others outside the courtroom.
Throughout the brief hearing, Sinkevitch frequently turned and smiled at those sitting in the gallery when cries of a child were heard echoing down the hall.
Jensvold told White Agerter’s family is requesting the release of his vehicle, which is still in police custody. Huggins said he does not anticipate objections on his part concerning the vehicle’s release.
The case is subject to cyclical reassignment of rotating judges this year, but White said he may “keep the case.”
Sinkevitch will appear in court April 9 at 1:30 p.m. when the trial date may be re-set.