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Murder trial postponed after witness fails to appear

DANVILLE (AP) A witness in a first-degree murder trial in Virginia failed to appear in court because of threats posted on social media, pushing the start back several months, a prosecutor said.

The two-day jury trial for Antonio T-Quan Terry, 30, was to start Feb. 4, The Danville Register & Bee reported. Terry is charged in the 2019 shooting death of Keenan Cunningham, 30, who was found early on July 26 shot to death in his still-running car.

Though multiple witnesses showed up in Danville Circuit Court for the trial, one did not appear, Danville Commonwealth Attorney Michael Newman confirmed. That was because because someone had posted personal details about the witness on Facebook, Newman said.

The newspaper reports the trial is now scheduled to begin in April.

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