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Wilcox trial postponed to June

The trial of an Ironton man accused of setting fire to his estranged wife has been pushed back to June.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper has rescheduled the trial of Tom Wilcox from April 29 to June 10 because of a scheduling conflict with defense attorneys Charles Knight and William Eachus.

Both Eachus and Knight are defense counsel for Kara Garvin, the Scioto County woman convicted earlier this month in a triple murder.

“There was a slowdown in the Scioto County trial. They had a week off between the two phases (the trial and the punishment phase) and the best date to try the whole (Wilcox) case without any breaks was June,” Cooper said.

Cooper said June 10, a Thursday, will be set aside for final motions and logistics. The jury pool will be called Friday, June 11.

Jury selection will take approximately one week. Cooper said he has set aside three weeks for the trial but has additional days that can be used if necessary.

Wilcox is accused of going to the home of his estranged wife, Amy Wilcox, beating her and setting her on fire in late April 2009.

She died in a Cincinnati hospital a couple of months later. If he is convicted, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.