A request by the state of Missouri to delay an upcoming trial for an Independence man charged with rape and other charges has been denied.

A request by the state of Missouri to delay an upcoming trial for an Independence man charged with rape and other charges has been denied.

The request for a continuance in the trial against Burrell Mohler Jr. was denied in Lafayette County Court on Wednesday. Lafayette County requested that Jackson County hand over all evidence and information from its own investigation. The case  has attracted national attention.

Mohler Jr. owned several properties in Independence, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted several searches on these properties, removing more than 1,000 items of evidence.

During a hearing March 25, prosecutors said only physical evidence was released, not reports. The court then ordered that all records must be submitted to the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney by April 27.

On April 13, Jackson County sent 4,420 pages of documents as well as 17 CDs to Lafayette County. Because officials have not had enough time to review all of the documentation provided, a continuance had been requested in order to give Mohler a fair trial.

Contacted Thursday, Lafayette County Prosecutor Keillie Wingate Ritchie declined to say if the court received the requested material, only “that it takes considerable time and resources to review and catalogue thousands of documents before you can get to a point where you know whether you are close to having everything or not.”

Mohler, along with several other male relatives, are accused of raping, molesting and sexually assaulting children from their own family. These alleged crimes took place near Bates City and other locations in Lafayette County.

The next court date is May 2.