MODESTO -- A judge on Friday rescheduled a trial to start Jan. 27 for a man accused of first-degree murder in the strangling of his neighbor, who was found dead four years ago in her Modesto apartment.
Authorities believe Albert Lee Talley strangled Jacqueline Marie Borja Schmitz, 29, who was last seen alive May 4, 2009.
Her body was found two days later in her studio apartment in the 700 block of 18th Street, on the east edge of downtown.
Modesto police found her with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck.
A few weeks later, detectives arrested Talley. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff also scheduled Talley to return to court Aug. 13 for another pretrial hearing to ensure the trial will go forward as planned. Stephen Foley, Talley's defense attorney, told the judge Friday he estimates the trial will last about a month.
The 40-year-old defendant remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.