The trial of a man charged with the death of an Independence security guard 13 years ago was delayed Monday for unspecified reasons.

The trial of a man charged with the death of an Independence security guard 13 years ago was delayed Monday for unspecified reasons.

Jeffrey S. Sauerbry, 39, was charged in 2009 with the first-degree murder of William Kellett, who was found dead in a shed connected to a used car dealership in the 600 block East U.S. 24 on July 4, 1998. He reportedly had been shot and stabbed several times.

Sauerbry was a person of interest in the December 2004 disappearance of Summer Shipp, who was doing door-to-door surveys. Sauerbry lived in the area where Shipp was last seen. Her body was found in the Little Blue River.

Prosecutors have said that the Kellett murder case is not related to the Shipp murder case, which is still open and unsolved.

A private investigator in the Shipp disappearance told The Examiner in 2009 that his investigation showed that Sauerbry lived in the neighborhood in which Shipp disappeared. Some witnesses even recalled Shipp going up to the door of Sauerbry’s home. There was never enough evidence, however, to charge Sauerbry with the crime.