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Defendant in officer's killing last year gets delay in trial

TAMPA — The trial of a man accused of killing a Tampa police officer last year has been postponed.

Humberto Delgado, charged with killing Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts, was scheduled to stand trial Oct. 4.

Early Friday, Judge Emmett Battles granted a request from defense attorney Christopher Watson to delay the trial, saying he needed more time to prepare. Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner did not object.

A new trial date was not set. But Battles asked for case management plans by the next hearing, Aug. 13.

Delgado faces charges that include first-degree murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed firearm.

A former police officer, Delgado was pushing a shopping cart along a Tampa street when he shot Roberts, who tried to question him, authorities say.

Members of Roberts' family were in the courtroom Friday, some teary-eyed after the brief hearing.

They declined to comment, as did both lawyers.

Marlene Sokol can be reached at or (813) 909-4602.

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