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April Jones Murder: Bridger Trial Adjourned
The trial of former lifeguard Mark Bridger who is accused of the murder of schoolgirl April Jones has been adjourned
Bridger was due to go on trial on Monday for the murder of the five-year-old from mid Wales but he has now been told he will be back in court on April 29.
Bridger, 47, was arrested the day after April vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, Wales, on October 1 last year.
A judge at Mold Crown Court agreed to the adjournment to allow Bridger's defence team to make "further inquiries".
The disappearance of April, who had cerebral palsy, sparked a massive outpouring of support for her family, with hundreds of people joining the search.
The girl's body has never been found despite a major operation led by Dyfed Powys Police.
Bridger, of Ceinws, is charged with abducting and murdering April, and of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.
He pleaded not guilty to the allegations on January 14 when his barrister Brendan Kelly QC told Mold Crown Court that Bridger is "probably responsible" for her death.
The trial, also at Mold, was expected to be occupied with legal matters early on. A jury was due to be selected on the first day and it had been due to open later this week.
On the day she went missing, Mr and Mrs Jones had allowed April to play out late as a treat after she received a glowing report from school.
Bridger was arrested the following day.
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