Heather Cook’s trial in connection with the hit-and-run death of cyclist Tom Palermo has been rescheduled for September.
The former episcopal bishop’s trial on charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, drunk driving and texting while driving was set to begin Thursday morning, but the trial was postponed to Sept. 9.
The postponement gives lawyers time to hammer out a deal that would avoid trial. Cook pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the December crash in Roland Park, which theoretically sets up a trial. However, prosecutors and Cook’s legal team could still reach a plea deal that would avoid trial. Cook’s attorney told WBAL-TV that Cook is seeking a deal, and doesn’t want to put Palermo’s family through a trial.
Cook resigned her position as the number two bishop in Maryland’s episcopal diocese, and sought addiction treatment at a center in Havre de Grace after she was charged earlier this year.
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