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C. Idaho second-degree murder trial moved south

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Posted at 2:00 PM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-08 16:00:42-04

RUPERT, Idaho (AP) -- The second-degree murder trial of a central Idaho man has been moved to south-central Idaho following a mistrial.

The Times-News reports in a story on Friday that the trial for 51-year-old Keith Blankenship of Hailey is scheduled to start Sept. 27 in Minidoka County District Court.

Last month Blaine County Judge Jonathan Brody declared a mistrial after ruling a witness during testimony on the first day of the trial made an accusation against Blankenship that the jury shouldn't have heard.

Blankenship is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 47-year-old Stephan Michael Romanchuk.

Police say they found Romanchuk's decomposing body in Blankenship's backyard.