A capital murder trial scheduled to open in Russell County this week has been postponed until summer.
Clyde Howard Friend, 54, of Columbus, has been awaiting trial more than three years, and could face the death penalty if convicted in the September 2008 slaying of Tiffany J. Folmar.
Friend’s case was delayed last year as court officials awaited renovations to the Russell County Judicial Center. The courthouse since has reopened, but Friend’s attorney last month requested a continuance to have additional psychological testing done, seeking to determine whether Friend may be ineligible for the death penalty.
The trial has been rescheduled for Aug. 27.
Friend is accused of stabbing the 30-year-old Folmar to death and dumping her body near the railroad tracks off Gilmore Road.
Prosecutors have said he picked the woman up as she walked along Ala. 165 and drove her to a mobile home in Fort Mitchell. After an argument, Friend allegedly tied Folmar’s hands in front of a witness and threatened to kill her.
When authorities first questioned Friend about Folmar’s disappearance, he recalled spending time with the woman, but claimed he dropped her off at Rainbow Foods the night she went missing.
Family members searched for three days before discovering Folmar’s remains.
Friend was quickly arrested and later indicted on one count of murder during first-degree kidnapping. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At a hearing a year ago, Friend said he sustained brain damage in 2002 that causes him to shake occasionally.