ST. LOUIS (AP) - A western Missouri judge has scheduled a hearing next week to determine if Gov. Jay Nixon can be deposed for a Chillicothe man's third murder trial.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. set the hearing for Thursday.
Attorneys for Mark Woodworth are seeking to depose Nixon, who was attorney general when then-special state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof was appointed to the case.
Woodworth's 1995 conviction for the shooting death of neighbor Cathy Robertson was overturned on appeal. Woodworth was convicted again four years later and sentenced to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January.
Woodworth now is facing a third trial.
The judge denied requests from Woodworth's attorneys to dismiss the case and to impose sanctions against prosecutors.