BRIDGEWATER, Pa. - A former western Pennsylvania borough councilman's trial in a 1979 cold-case murder has been moved to November.
Sixty-six-year-old Gregory Hopkins, a former Bridgewater councilman, is charged with criminal homicide in Beaver County in the September 1979 death of 23-year-old Catherine Walsh. She was found strangled in the bedroom of her Monaca home.
Hopkins has denied killing Walsh or even being with her the night she died. He acknowledges they had a sexual relationship, but says that ended a month before she died.
Hopkins has been jailed since he was charged in January after newer testing techniques allegedly linked his DNA to samples taken from Walsh's nightgown and the bathrobe cord used to tie her hands.
Hopkins had been scheduled for trial in September, but county court administrators have moved the start to Nov. 26.