South Central District Judge David Reich has continued Morris Pederson's felony murder trial to September to allow for another psychological evaluation to be completed.

Reich issued his orders following a status conference two weeks ago, when attorneys agreed to reset the trial and allow Pederson to undergo the evaluation at the state hospital in Jamestown.

According to court documents, a previous evaluation "indicated that the evaluator did not have adequate information to make determinations on some of (the) areas tested as far as competency and criminal responsibility."

Pederson, 57, is accused of stabbing to death 61-year-old Greg Comes, a geotechnical engineer who struggled with health problems and alcoholism, at his apartment on April 5, 2016, in Bismarck.

Pederson has pleaded not guilty. Reich set his new jury trial for Sept. 4-14. Pederson's trial has been reset at least three times since December 2016. 

He previously had been scheduled to stand trial on Monday. He is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, pending $250,000 cash bond.

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