LEE (AP) – A Lee man whose son was poisoned and stabbed 41 times before being dumped in a West Texas pond says he’s mystified and upset by the latest delay in the murder trial of the woman accused of the January 2005 killing.

The trial of veterinarian Wendi Mae Davidson, 28, was scheduled to begin later this month in San Angelo, but prosecutors and defense lawyers this week agreed to reschedule it for October.

Police have accused Davidson of poisoning her husband, Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Leslie Severance, with drugs normally used to euthanize animals, and then stabbing him. Davidson remains free on bond while awaiting trial.

The victim’s father, Les Severance of Lee, said plenty of time has gone by and he wants to see the case go forward.

“You think you understand that it’s got to be done right, but by the same token, they have had plenty of time,” Severance said. “My God, we’re getting close to two years.”

District Attorney Stephen Lupton said prosecutors wanted more time to complete interviews with expert witnesses, while defense attorneys have said they are awaiting results of independent DNA tests.

Previous trial dates were set in April and May. The latest delay slows resolution of an ongoing custody fight in civil court over Michael Severance’s son, Shane.

Les Severance has sued to obtain custody of the baby from Davidson’s parents, Judi and Lloyd Davidson, and has been awarded joint custody with the elder Davidsons.

The custody case will resume early next year if the murder trial goes forward in October, said Thomas Goff, a San Angelo lawyer representing Severance in the civil case.


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