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Judge resets trial for woman in UAH art professor’s slaying

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A judge has delayed the capital murder trial of a Huntsville woman charged in the slaying of a prominent art professor until July 23.

The trial for Shonda Jean Moody had been set to start on Monday. But Madison County Circuit Judge Bruce Williams granted a delay Friday.

Moody, 36, is charged in the death of Jack Dempsey, 76, a former art professor at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Prosecutors say Moody and Terry Lee Kelly, 41, shot Dempsey when they broke into his home on Meridianville Road on Oct. 12, 2003, looking for money to buy crack cocaine. After the shooting, Kelly and Moody fled in Dempsey’s pickup, prosecutors say.

They were caught after wrecking Dempsey’s vehicle near Monroe, La.

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