Laura Buckingham

Owner Laura Buckingham stands in front of her bakery Bread and Breakfast at the corner of Bank and Main streets in downtown New Albany in this file photo.

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. — The trial for a former New Albany resident accused of soliciting someone to kill her ex-husband has been rescheduled.

Laura Buckingham is charged in a Roane County, Tennessee, court with solicitation of first-degree murder. Buckingham was the owner of the Bread and Breakfast, a bakery and café on East Main Street in New Albany that closed in late 2015.

Buckingham is accused of paying an undercover agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to kill her ex-husband, Bradley Sutherland of New Albany. The two reportedly were in the midst of a custody battle over their son.

A trial was originally set for November 2017, but was rescheduled for April 3. Then on March 8, Buckingham's attorney, Joseph Fanduzz, requested another trial delay.

In a motion to continue, Fanduzz cited "unforeseen problems" that have "impeded counsel's efforts" to prepare for trial, including the need to review "thousands of pages of communications" pertaining to the case. Fanduzz also cited the need to follow up and depose witnesses, many of whom live out of state.

Judge Jeff Wicks approved his request to delay the trial during a hearing Friday. The trial is now scheduled for Nov. 6.

According to the Roane County News, Wicks told Fanduzz, “The court is not going to grant anymore continuances in this matter. ... This is long overdue.”

Buckingham was released from jail on a $150,000 cash-surety bond in March 2016 and ordered to not leave Tennessee.

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Elizabeth DePompei is the digital editor for The News and Tribune. She has degrees in journalism and film from the University of Cincinnati and CUNY's Hunter College and was previously the paper's criminal justice reporter.

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