The murder trial of Adrian A. Barker, accused of fatally injuring Kent State University student Christopher Kernich during a fight on East Main Street in Kent in November 2009, will continue in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Friday.
There was no testimony in the case Thursday after Judge John Enlow granted the parties a day off due to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and a religious holiday. Bailiff Shirley Siciliano said testimony would resume Friday.
The Portage County Prosecutor's Office and Kent police allege that Barker "blind-sided" Kernich with a punch to the back of his head as Kernich and Barker's friend, Ronald G. Kelly, squared up to fight in the street on Nov. 15, 2009.
Kernich suffered fatal head injuries and died at Akron City Hospital on Nov. 21, 2009.
Barker is charged with murder and felonious assault. Convicted on those charges, as well as tampering with evidence, in 2010, his conviction and sentence of 15 years to life in prison were later overturned by Ohio's 11th District Court of Appeals on a legal technicality and he was granted a new trial.
Kelly is serving 15 years to life in prison for his part in the slaying.
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