Trial in Lovell murder case delayed

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David Eisenhauer’s 10-day trial will be rescheduled sometime this year; while Natalie Keeper’s trial is set for March 27

By The Staff

CHRISTIANSBURG — A trial for David Eisenhauer, 19, a former Virginia Tech student charged with first-degree murder, has been postponed, according to local media reports.
Eisenhauer also is charged with abduction and hiding a body in the death of 13-year-old Blacksburg resident Nicole Lovell, whose body was found near Galax in January 2016.
A judge last Wednesday agreed to a defense motion asking for a delay so Eisenhauer’s attorneys could prepare. The defense attorneys said they have received new information in the past week, including an interview prosecutors conducted with their client.
Eisenhauer’s 10-day trial, originally scheduled to begin March 6, does not yet have a new date. Judge Robert Turk said at the hearing that he’d like to get the trial scheduled some time in 2017.
The defense team also has filed a motion to have Eisenhauer’s trial held someplace other than Montgomery County, believing local media coverage may affect his ability to get a fair trial. However, Turk said that he believed he could seat a jury without changing venues.
The five-day trial for Eisenhauer’s alleged accomplice, Natalie Keepers, 19 at the time of Lovell’s death and also a former Virginia Tech student, is still set for March 27. Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder and concealing a dead body.
Her attorney also has filed a motion to delay her trial.