Idaho pictograph vandalism trial delayed


LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) _ The trial has been delayed for a third
time in the case of three Idaho men charged with defacing ancient
American Indian pictographs last year.
Freddie M. Bernal, Tyler J. Carlson and Jerad Bovencamp have
pleaded not guilty to felony willful depredation of property in in
Coeur d'Alene's U.S. District Court. Federal prosecutors say the
men spray-painted a marijuana leaf and references to smoking pot
across rock art at the Red Elk Rock Shelter near Hells Gate State
Park. Experts say the pictographs are at least 2,500 years old.
A jury trial was set to begin July 12, but the Lewiston Tribune
reports it has been delayed until Sept. 6. U.S. District Judge
Edward Lodge granted the delay to give attorneys more time to
prepare for the case.

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