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Weather, COVID postpone pre-trial hearing for Stone County man charged with murder

Due to the extreme winter weather and COVID-19 concerns, Stone County Circuit Court has postponed the pre-trial hearing date of Nathaniel Freeman from today (Feb. 18, 2021) until the next court session on March 16.

The State Supreme Court has issued a directive that all state jury trials be postponed until later in the year unless the jury trial is already in progress. Trial dates will depend on the progress of the COVID situation.

Freeman’s jury trial date will be set on March 16.  Apparently, that trial date will be no earlier than the regular Stone County Circuit Court jury trial session set to begin on June 30.

Nathanial Freeman (pictured), 55, was arrested on Oct. 16, 2019, and charged with one count of first-degree murder. The arrest and charge stem from the shooting death of his wife, Dora Freeman, on Sept. 23, 2019, at their residence in Alco. (Click here for the story.) Freeman’s original pre-trial hearing date was scheduled for Nov. 10, 2020.

Freeman is being held in the Stone County Detention Center.

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