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Hearing delayed for Tarpon man accused of killing grandparents

Times staff

A Tarpon Springs man accused of killing his paternal grandparents and then burning their home likely won't face trial until next year due to new computer evidence, a Pinellas County judge ruled Tuesday.

George S. Georgiou, 24, is accused of fatally shooting Steve Georgiou, 83, and Flora Georgiou, 78, prominent Tarpon Springs residents, in their house at 504 Chesapeake Drive on Jan. 4, 2011.

Georgiou told a jail inmate he researched murder tactics online for weeks before the attack, according to a search warrant affidavit. Tarpon Springs police requested the search warrant to examine the hard drive of Georgiou's Acer laptop, which has been in their possession since the slayings. The searches generally take months to complete.

A new pre-trial hearing for Georgiou has been scheduled for October.