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A Louisiana man accused of killing his wife nearly a decade ago is having his trial delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

Oscar Lozada, 45, was scheduled to begin his trial Monday in Baton Rouge on a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of Sylviane Finck Lozada, The Advocate reported. But Lozada’s attorney and Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings requested a delay, citing the ongoing pandemic.

A status hearing for Oscar Lozada has been scheduled for next month. 
(nccourts.gov)

Lozada is accused of killing his wife and disposing of her body after the 51-year-old high school teacher went missing in 2011. Her remains have not been found.

Lozada and the couple’s then 4-year-old daughter fled to his home country of Venezuela around the time of his wife’s disappearance, authorities said. He was arrested in 2018 after authorities located him in Mexico.

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Lozada turned down an offer in March to plead guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice in exchange for a 50-year sentence, The Advocate reported at the time. The deal would have prevented the case from going to trial.

A judge set a status hearing for Aug. 13, but a new date for the trial was not immediately scheduled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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