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Levi King Murder Trial Delayed

Breaking News: The capitol murder trial of Levi King scheduled to start today has been delayed 4 to 5 days due to lack of DNA evidence being ready.

Previous Story: One of the area's most high profile murder cases goes to court on Monday morning. 26-year-old Levi King faces three counts of capital murder for the slaying of a Pampa family back in 2005.

He is set to stand trial in Lubbock County on Monday morning, but the story begins hundreds of miles away in Pineville, Missouri.

That's where King pleaded guilty to the September 2005 murders of Orlie McCool and Dawn Burr McCool.

Hours after that incident, investigators believe King drove to Pampa and shot 31-year-old Brian Conrad, his pregnant wife 35-year-old Michell Conrad, her unborn child, and her 14-year-old son Zach Doan.

Michell's daughter, who was ten at the time, survived the rampage and made the 9-1-1 phone call. Those phone call tapes or details on how the girl survived have not been released.

No word on whether or not she will testify. King was caught several hours after the shooting at a border crossing in El Paso, Texas.

Authorities say the evidence is far from circumstantial. They found four loaded weapons in his truck... Three of the guns belonged to his father... And one of the guns was taken from the Missouri victim's home.

Investigators also found a name tag with Brian Conrad's name on it in the vehicle.

Investigators say ballistics tests link one of the guns to the Gray County slayings. Levi King is already serving two life sentences without parole for the Missouri killings.

He could face the death penalty if convicted of the Pampa slayings as well. A Missouri mitigator says King will most likely plead guilty to the Pampa charges if the death penalty is taken off the table.

The Gray County District Attorney, though, says she still intends to seek that punishment.

The motive behind these murders remains one of this case's biggest mysteries. As far as they can tell, he did not have any ties to the Texas Panhandle.... Authorities say it's baffling.

We will have a crew on scene at the trial in Lubbock and will bring you updates on NewsChannel 10 as the trial develops.

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