Three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago will go on trial two weeks later than initially planned, a judge decided Friday.
The decision was a last-minute break for former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell; his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell; and the peanut plant's quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson. Jury selection in their trial had been scheduled to start Monday in U.S. District Court in Albany.
Judge W. Louis Sands postponed the trial until July 28. Defense attorneys argued they needed more time to review thousands of pages of evidence they had received from prosecutors since late June.