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New trial date set in Knowles homicide case

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GREAT FALLS -

A new trial date has been set for a Great Falls teenager accused in the stabbing death of a woman during an alleged drug deal.

The trial for Joseph Edward Knowles is now set for October after the defense asked for a delay.

Knowles is accused of the fatal stabbing of 18-year old Megan Meriwether last September.

Authorities say Knowles, who was 16 at the time, planned to rob Meriwether, after setting up a marijuana buy.

Court documents say Meriwether brought a knife to the meeting, and got into a struggle with 18-year old Brianna Coombs (KOOMS) who had arrived with Knowles.

Prosecutors say Knowles ended up with the knife and fatally stabbed Meriwether during the altercation.

Judge John Larson of Missoula is presiding over the case.  He granted the continuance, saying it's a complex case with nearly 50 witnesses from both sides.

He says it will also allow more time for the state crime lab to release forensic results.

Related: Coombs and Knowles charged in connection with Meriwether's death

Related: Knowles charged with deliberate homicide in death of Meriwether

Related: Knowles wants to move homicide case back to Juvenile Court

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