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Judge delays Stuart murder trial until 2013

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PASCO, Wash -A woman accused of murder broke down and cried in court Tuesday when a judge pushed back her trial until next year.

Tashia Stuart was to go on trial this month for shooting her adoptive mother, Judy Hebert, in March 2011. Franklin County Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell delayed the trial until February after defense attorneys argued their forensic experts haven't been able to examine blood spatter evidence used during the trial this month of Stuart's husband.

A jury acquitted Todd Stuart last week of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Defense attorneys say they plan to subpoena Stuart to testify at his wife's trial.

Mitchell set a new trial date for February, nearly two years after Pasco police arrested Stuart.

Stuart claims she shot her adoptive mother in self defense.

The judge also ruled Stuart's nine-year-old daughter is competent to testify for the prosecution.