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New trial date for infamous Columbia murder case

A new trial date has been set for an infamous murder case in Columbia dating back some 20 years.

Judge Prentiss Harrell allowed a continuance for the James K Polk vs. the State of Mississippi trial, which was set to be heard last week.

According to the order, the state asked for a new date due to the unavailability of an expert witness. Harrell allowed the continuance, but due to the new date lowered Polk's bond to $100,000.

James K Polk is accused of the 1993, murder of Kimberly Rowell. Rowell's body was found on the Columbia Primary School playground by a student on august 25th of that year. The case remained cold until Polk's arrest in 2012. The new trial date is set for September 15, 2014, in Pearl River County. 

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