According to Portsmouth Municipal Court, a preliminary hearing scheduled for today for Brian D. Baldridge, 23, of 2209 Robinson Ave., Portsmouth, has been continued until 11 a.m. Tuesday because his attorney is unavailable for today's originally scheduled hearing.
Baldridge and Joshua R. Kessinger, 21, of the same address are charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, in the death of Garrett Maloney, 19, of South Webster.
Kessinger appeared Wednesday in Municipal Court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner said Maloney's body was discovered Sunday in a sewer under a manhole in an alley off the 2100 block of Vinton Avenue in Portsmouth. Horner said he believes Maloney was killed at 2209 Robinson Ave., and taken to the alley and left there.
Horner said Thursday he is expecting the results of the autopsy on Maloney to take about two weeks for a preliminary report, and as much as six weeks for the final report.
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