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Sentencing in Montana murder case postponed

October 1, 2013 GMT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a Billings man who faces a potential life term in prison for killing an Illinois man.

Simon Elliot Jacobson was to appear before District Judge Gregory Todd on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to kidnapping and deliberate homicide in the January death of Dejuan Laster.

Jacobson’s attorney asked for the case to be postponed just hours before the hearing was set to begin. Public defender David Duke said in a court filing that he needed more time to prepare. A new sentencing date was not immediately set.

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Authorities say Jacobson kidnapped Laster from his Billings motel room, robbed him of $8,000 and shot him in a rural area of Yellowstone County. Co-defendant James Walker is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 7.