The trial scheduled to begin this week of a man accused of a murder that shook the small western Monroe County city of Madison in 2014 has been delayed until at least September.

The trial scheduled to begin this week of a man accused of a murder that shook the small western Monroe County city of Madison in 2014 has been delayed until at least September.

Lawyers for the Jason Lage, who is accused of murdering Zachary Dawson, asked for the trial to be delayed.

“We opposed the motion,” said Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick, adding that the nearly three years since the alleged crime occurred was “delaying justice for the family members.”

Kendrick said the trial could be delayed past September as the judge is retiring and a new judge will be assigned.

Lage, 36, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in Dawson’s shooting death in his home at 101 W. Olive in Madison. He is also charged with tampering with evidence. Lage is now jailed in lieu of a $1 million bond. His alleged accomplice, Jessica Munoz, 31, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for “her truthful testimony” in the case. Munoz was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The murder of Dawson, a 2006 graduate of Madison High School, shook the Madison community.

According to law enforcement reports, Dawson, Munoz and Lage spent the evening drinking before returning to Dawson’s residence. Police report the trio continued drinking around a table at Dawson’s house.

According to police, Dawson retrieved a handgun from a room inside the residence and returned to the table, proceeding to unload the gun and give it to Lage. The police report says that she saw Lage holding the gun when she went to the bathroom.

When she returned, Munoz said that Dawson was on the floor, bleeding, according to the report. The pair, she told police, then left residence, called her sister and another person, and then Munoz says she called 911 dispatchers and returned to the Dawson residence.

Police said that Lage claimed Dawson shot himself accidently, later changing his story in an interview, telling a friend that, “I did it but it was an accident,” stated police in a Probable Cause Statement. Police report that Lage told the friend that the gun just went off.

In a Probable Cause Statement, law enforcement officials lay out a much different version of events. They allege that after being shown the gun, Lage decided to rob Dawson. Police allege that Lage confided later to a friend that he held the gun at Dawson’s head and demanded money, and that after Dawson stood up he “pushed the gun to the back of his head to intimidate him, when the gun fired.”

Dr. Carl Stacy of the University of Missouri Medical Center performed an autopsy on Dawson. He said that Dawson’s wound was similar to that of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-Ariz.) who survived a 2012 assassination attempt.

“Dr. Stacey stated that the gunshot wound, known as a tangential wound, in his opinion, was possibly survivable…He indicated that it would have been possible for Mr. Dawson to survive if he would have received medical attention immediately,” reported police in the Probable cause statement.

Instead, police say Munoz and Lage delayed calling for help while they cleaned up the scene and gathered personal belongings.

Police report that after Lage and Munoz left Dawson’s house, they came back to retrieve Munoz’s jacket and cell phone.

According to police, Munoz said that as she and Lage were leaving Dawson’s house the second time that evening, the 32-year-old man was on the floor, bleeding and “murmuring” and attempting to sit up. However, police report that she said, 911 dispatchers were not called until she and Lage disposed of potential evidence and gathered Lage’s personal effects.