HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Attorneys for a man charged in the killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher have asked a judge to delay his trial.

Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Duck has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 death of girlfriend, 46-year-old Dawna Natzke. Duck’s attorney, Clay Janskey, asked for the trial to be postponed to later this month so a defense expert can analyze cellphone records.

Duck has pleaded not guilty in the death of Natzke, who was last seen with him at a Christmas party. Searchers found her body several days later and an autopsy says she died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports that the judge is expected to make a ruling this week on the request to delay the jury trial, which is scheduled to start Oct. 18.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,