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Another delay in Craig Price attempted murder trial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The attempted murder trial of convicted Rhode Island serial killer Craig Price has been pushed back once again.

Price, 44, was set to go on trial on Sept. 24, but it was pushed back a month to Oct. 22, according to Carol Hingson, a spokesperson for the district attorney in Live Oak, Florida. 

Hingson said the request to move the trial was made by the defense team.

Price is facing one count each of attempted murder and contraband in prison. Prosecutors say he used a five-inch homemade knife when he attacked a fellow inmate at Suwannee Correctional Institution in Florida on April 4, 2017.

The victim, Joshua Davis, was repeatedly stabbed in a "premeditated design" and with "intent to kill," according to court documents.

This is the fifth delay in the trial.

Price was 15 years-old when he admitted he stabbed to death 39-year-old Joan Heaton and her two daughters, 10-year-old Jennifer and 8-year-old Melissa, in 1989. He then confessed to the murder of 27-year-old Rebecca Spencer two years earlier.

He was sent to Florida in 2004 as part of an interstate compact because the R.I. Department of Corrections deemed him a security risk to himself and others at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

Price was serving a patchwork of prison time not for the serial killings, but for his behavior while behind bars. He was a juvenile when he committed the murders and under state law at the time he could have been released at age 21.

But the Rhode Island sentences have expired and he is now an inmate of the Florida prison system for stabbing a correctional officer during a fight. He is set to be released in December 2019 unless he receives more prison time for the current charges.

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook


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