The murder trial of a Sunset Hills man accused of killing his wife that was scheduled to begin earlier this week has been delayed a second time.
The trial for John K. McLaughlin, who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife Linda McLaughlin after her disappearance nearly four years ago, was set to start Tuesday, May 28, in St. Louis County Circuit Court, but was inexplicably delayed.
As the Times went to press Wednesday afternoon, no new date had been set and no reason for the delay was given. Tim Swope, director of operations for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, said he could not release any information on the matter yet. Scott Rosenblum, John K. McLaughlin’s attorney, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The latest online entry filed in the case was on April 29 for a motion from the defense to suppress evidence. The trial was originally set for September 2018, but rescheduled because Rosenblum asked for more time to gather evidence.
John K. McLaughlin has remained in the St. Louis County Jail on $2 million bond since being charged in April 2016 with his wife’s murder. He was arrested after investigators found Linda McLaughlin’s body in a shallow grave in a secluded part of the Mark Twain National Forest in southwest Missouri nearly a year after she went missing from Sunset Hills on June 1, 2015.