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Hearing postponed in Belfield murder case

New hearing dates will be established for a man accused of murdering a former girlfriend as attorneys await the results of a neuropsychological evaluation, they said Tuesday during a pretrial conference at the Stark County Courthouse.

Dirk J. Huber, 42, Belfield, is accused of suffocating Nicole Lynn Radebaugh, 39, at her Belfield residence in August, according to his criminal complaint.

He allegedly eluded police for 32 hours after Radebaugh's body was discovered but was found on foot about 20 miles north of Medora in the Badlands, officials said.

Huber's trial was set for April 4, but will be rescheduled because attorneys say it may take a few days to select a jury.

"This is going to be a difficult case because it was well-publicized," said Jay Greenwood, Huber's attorney.

After the hearing, Greenwood said it's possible Huber's trial will need to be moved to another area.

Huber allegedly used an acquaintance's vehicle to pick up Radebaugh's daughter and told the girl he had hurt her mother, according to court documents.

Huber also allegedly told a friend during a phone conversation he had killed Radebaugh, according to the complaint.

He faces a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole.