A jury trial for a rural Linwood man accused of killing his girlfriend has been continued until January.

A jury trial for a rural Linwood man accused of killing his girlfriend has been continued until January.

The case of Dan S. Flannagan had been scheduled to go to trial next week in Leavenworth County District Court. But a judge granted a continuance Tuesday.

Flannagan, 54, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in connection to the death of Constance Perryman.

Perryman’s body was found April 6, 2018, on property located off of 198th Street south of Linwood. She reportedly died from a shotgun wound.

Flannagan and Perryman had been living together on the property.

Flannagan’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday. But Flannagan’s attorney John Bryant requested a continuance so a medical expert can review a coroner’s report on behalf of the defense.

In his written motion for a continuance, Bryant reviewed his efforts to obtain a medical expert, who will be paid through the State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, which is known as BIDS.

In court Tuesday, Bryant said it is hard to find an expert who is willing to work for what BIDS pays. Bryant said he initially tried to hire an expert from Nebraska, but this did not work out. He has since been able to procure the services of someone from western Kansas. But the doctor will need time to review the report.

Bryant said the delays he experienced in hiring an expert should not be held against the defendant.

Deputy County Attorney Joan Lowdon said she would be ready to proceed with the trial Monday. But Lowdon suggested she wanted to avoid a conviction being overturned by an appeal.

Lowdon said the continuance may frustrate some members of the victim’s family. But she said prosecutors have maintained contact with them and witnesses in the case.

District Judge Michael Gibbens noted an entire week had been set aside for the trial. He said a continuance the week before the trial was scheduled to take place hinders his calendar. He said it would be several months before he would have another week available for the trial.

Bryant said he thinks the evidence in the case can be presented in four days, but the deliberations of jurors may carry over into a fifth day.

Gibbens granted the motion for a continuance. The judge expressed concern that moving ahead with the trial next week without giving the defense expert the time needed would be interfering with Flannagan’s right to a fair trial.

Gibbens scheduled the new trial for Jan. 6-10.

Flannagan remains in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail.

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