Burke court martial delayed

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FORT CAMPBELL — A court martial has been delayed for Sgt. Brent Burke, charged with killing his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law.

A military judge granted a request by prosecutors and Burke's lawyers to postpone the proceedings, which were scheduled to begin Monday at Fort Campbell.

Burke has been charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the deaths of Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer, at a home in Rineyville in September 2007.

Hardin Circuit Court dismissed charges against Burke after Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Shaw cited evidence problems with the case. Four attempts to prosecute Burke ended in mistrials, including two juries that were unable to reach a verdict after days of testimony.

The military filed charges against Burke less than two weeks later. Two trials previously have ended in a hung jury.

Burke also is a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Tracy Burke's family. In his response to the civil suit filed in Hardin County, he denied all claims.

Burke is being held in the Christian County Detention Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.