Kiplinger murder trial pushed back to July

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Kyle S. Kiplinger's trial, scheduled to begin Feb. 12, has been delayed until July because a key witness for the prosecution is due to give birth the same week.

Judge Lucy Goffinet granted a request to reassign the murder trial to the weeks of July 7 and July 14 in Crawford County. The case was moved there last year after a jury could not be seated in a first trial.

Kiplinger has remained in jail since August 2006, just days after the body of Bobbi Jo Braunecker was found floating in the Ohio river. Police allege Kiplinger and Darrick O'Brien, also of Tell City, drove the woman to an area along River Road and beat the woman and then threw her body into the river. O'Brien pleaded guilty last year and is serving a 65-year sentence.

Dr. Donna Hunsaker, the forensic pathologist who conducted the postmortem exam of Braunecker's body, is expecting her child Feb. 14 and will not be able to attend the trial.

County Prosecutor Robert Collins filed a motion Jan. 22 seeking to use Hunsaker's deposition during the trial since she will not be able to be there in person. Kiplinger's defense attorney, Rod Acchiardo, filed Kiplinger's opposition to that motion, leading to the rescheduling. A status conference in the case is scheduled for April 21.