NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Joseph Belstadt’s trial, in which he is accused of killing a 17-year-old girl in 1993, has been delayed.
The victim, Mandy Steingasser, was a senior at North Tonawanda High School.
Although jury selection was scheduled to start this coming Monday, the trial was postponed until March 9 as the result of new laws, which took effect on January 1.
Because of the new laws, defense attorneys need to receive a witness list from prosecutors 15 days prior to a trial. This did not occur until this past Monday, causing the trial to be delayed.