BATESVILLE, Miss. — The retrial of a Mississippi man charged with the 2012 killing of a Nebraska traveler has been delayed.

The Panola County Circuit Clerk’s office says Circuit Judge James McClure III postponed the trial, which was set to begin Monday. The judge hasn’t yet signed an order setting a new trial date.

Willie was convicted in 2014 of murder for shooting Tom Schlender while the 74-year-old Nebraska resident drove on Interstate 55. Schendler was traveling to Florida to pick up his grandson.

The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the case in December and ordered a new trial, saying the judge erred when responding to a jury question.

Willie is serving life in prison after being convicted separately for the 2012 shooting death of a casino worker along a highway in Tunica County.

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