Feit trial pushed back to late November

EDINBURG — The highly-anticipated trial involving an ex-priest accused in the 1960 murder of a beauty queen from McAllen has been rescheduled again.

An attorney representing John Feit, 84, filed a motion for continuance Monday to reset jury selection and the trial until later in November.

“This motion is not made for purposes of delay but that justice may be done,” the motion read.

Jury selection was originally scheduled for Wednesday and the trial for Nov. 6.

State District Judge Luis Singleterry granted O. Rene Flores’ motion and reset jury selection for Nov. 14 and the jury trial to Nov. 28.

Flores cited his involvement in the exhaustive Monica Melissa Patterson capital murder trial — in which both the defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday after calling nearly 50 witnesses to the stand during more than five weeks in court — as reason for pushing back his client’s trial.

Flores’ motion stated he “has a conflict in schedule” due to his role as one of Patterson’s high-profiled team of attorneys, adding that her trial is expected to last one or two more weeks.

It’s also argued in the motion that the “defense counsel will be unable to adequately prepare John Bernard Feit’s defense” until the Patterson trial ends.