UPDATE: Hearing delayed for Newman priest

By Mark Rivera

Chris Layden’s defense attorney requested a continuance for the former Newman Center priest’s case. He had been charged with two counts of intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church.

Tom Lockman, Layden’s defense attorney cited an additional agreed upon motion for continuance. He said “discovery is not yet complete.”

Lockman had no additional comment.

Judge Harry E. Clem continued to the case until Nov. 25, when another pre-trial meeting will be held.

Dan Clifton, assistant state’s attorney, said that to some extent, the speed of the trial will depend on how quickly Layden’s defense attorney wants to proceed.

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“We can try (the case) as soon as we have the results back from the crime lab on the drugs,” Clifton said.

He added that he thought the case might proceed to trial some time in December or January.