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Mustard murder trial date delayed

It has been a little over a year since 87-year-old Ruby Andrews was brutally murdered by 18-year-old Daniel J. Mustard in her Manchester home.

Mustard, a neighbor of Andrews, conned his way into her home back in April 2009 demanding money.

He then stabbed her numerous times and left her to die while taking pictures of her body with his cell phone.

In February, Mustard entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

He claims to suffer from a mood disorder, bipolar disorder, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder with psychosis, generalized anxiety disorder with panic attacks, psychosis and substance abuse and dependence.

His January trial date, which defense attorney Brian Hershman said was optimistic, has long since passed, as have April and June court dates.

As of Mustard’s last hearing, the trial has been set for Sept. 8.

According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hull, “Sept. 8 is a realistic date. He has been evaluated by the defense’s expert and now is being evaluated by ours. At this point, we’re just waiting for the results of the toxicology report and the evaluation which could take a couple of weeks.

“After we receive that information,” he said, “then we can make some decisions”.

Mustard’s next court date is May 28 at 1:30 p.m.

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