Man charged with mayor's death scheduled for trial in January

POSTED: 11:01 AM Sep 26 2013   UPDATED: 5:43 PM Sep 26 2013
McDowell County, W.Va. -

 A Virginia man accused of killing War Mayor Thomas Hatcher is scheduled to stand trial in early 2014.

The trial of 27-old Earl Click of Grundy, Va., originally was set for August.

McDowell County prosecutor Edward Kornish says that McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens on Wednesday rescheduled Click's trial for Jan. 29, 2014.

Stephens also appointed a new layer for Click.

Click and co-defendant Rebecca Lynn Hatcher of War are each charged with first-degree murder in the mayor's slaying in July 2012. Hatcher is Click's sister and the 72-year-old victim's daughter-in-law. Her trial is scheduled for Oct. 30 before Judge Rudolph J. Murensky II.

Police say the motive was to get money to buy drugs.