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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) District Attorney Greg Newman announced Wednesday that the trial for a man accused of kidnapping and killing another man while on the run from deputies, will be postponed yet again. 

A press release from Newman says that Public Defender Paul Welch, the lead counsel for Phillip Michael Stroupe, has been removed by a Superior Court judge. 

Stroupe stands accused of murder, robbery, and kidnapping in the July 2017 death of 68-year-old Thomas Andrew Bryson.

Due to the change in lawyers, Newman says Stroupe's original trial date of May will now be postponed while client and counsel prepare. 

“Naturally, we are disappointed that we cannot proceed to trial in May,” commented District Attorney Newman. “We have already issued witness subpoenas and several people have made travel arrangements for the month of May."

Newman anticipates a delay of several more months. 

Stroupe remains in custody under no bond. 

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