Trial postponed for man accused of killing 2, burying bodies

Posted at 6:54 AM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 15:43:01-04

Opening statements have been postponed at the trial of an Arizona man charged with murder in the deaths of two people whose bodies were buried in his mother's backyard.

The trial of Alan Mathew Champagne had been expected to begin Monday afternoon, but a judge has since postponed opening statements until May 1 after an attorney in the case experienced a medical emergency.

The remaining lawyers on the case completed jury selection Monday.

Investigators say Champagne fatally shot Philmon Tapaha and choked Brandi Nicole Hoffner to death at his apartment in 2011, put their bodies in the box and buried it a half-mile away at his mother's home.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Champagne, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.