A Carlsbad woman awaiting retrial in the shooting death of her husband wants to delay her case apparently because she is pregnant, according to reports.
U-T San Diego reports Julie Harper is pregnant and is set to give birth midway through her new trial, which starts next month.
A jury on Oct. 1 acquitted Harper of first-degree murder, but deadlocked on lesser charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. That gave prosecutors the option to re-try the case, which they plan to on April 15.
NBC 7 reached out to her attorney, who said he couldn’t comment on his client’s physical condition.
A hearing to address Harper’s request for a delay in the retrial is set for Monday.
In her weeks-long September trial, Harper told jurors that she shot her husband, Jason Harper, on Aug. 7, 2012, because she feared he would kill or rape her.
Harper was a math teacher at Carlsbad High School.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, said Harper was angry and spiteful over the marriage. They questioned why, if she were innocent, she would bury the gun and not immediately report the shooting to police.