BENTON — There is still no trial date set for a Christopher man charged in the October murder of his wife.

Brian Pheasant appeared briefly Friday before Judge Thomas Tedeschi at the Franklin County Courthouse in Benton for a motion hearing in the murder trial of 37-year-old Beth Pheasant. Pheasant is charged with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

During Thursday’s motion hearing, both the state and the defense agreed to attend a Feb. 24 appointment to witness the testing of DNA gathered from the firearm allegedly used in the murder. This settled a motion filed in January about testing the DNA sample gathered from the weapon, which have would completely consumed the sample.

During a January motion hearing, Newcomb took issue with the fact that only one swab was used to collect DNA from three locations on the pistol. Judge Eric Dirnbek said her objection seemed to be on the grounds that there could be other DNA in the test that what was listed in the motion by the state and that this seemed to be wishful thinking.

Newcomb ultimately settled for being present during testing.

Pheasant was arrested Halloween night and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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