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Kerr murder retrial set for April

The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has been adjourned until next year.

December 6, 2013 4:57am

The murder trial of Echuca woman Tracey Kerr has been adjourned until April.

Supreme Court of Victoria strategic communication manager Anne Stanford said defence requested the adjournment and no application for bail was made.

The retrial was expected to start in Melbourne Supreme Court on Tuesday after a mistrial was declared on October 29.

The original trial, which started on October 21, was in its final days when Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth declared the mistrial due to a legal technicality.

Ms Kerr, 41, is accused of the stabbing murder of Echuca man Doug Barrett, 65, at his Pascoe St home in Echuca on May 26, 2012.

Ms Kerr has pleaded not guilty, claiming defensive homicide due to attempted rape.

About 15 witnesses, who have already given evidence in the trial, are expected to again.

Ms Kerr is being represented by defence attorney Philip Skehan, while the Crown prosecutor is Peter Rose.

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