MANATEE -- The trial for a man charged in the death of Sabine Musil-Buehler, a well-known Holmes Beach businesswoman, has been rescheduled for November.
Musil-Buehler, 49, went missing Nov. 4, 2008.
William Cumber, her ex-boyfriend, was charged in October 2012 with second-degree murder for her presumed death, although investigators have not located her body. Traces of her blood found in her car and apartment were among the evidence leading to Cumber being charged with the homicide.
Cumber was initially scheduled to stand trial this month, but assistant public defend
er Franklin Roberts indicated he was not ready to proceed with the case because he was recently assigned the case after the resignations of assistant public defender Carolyn Schlemmer and investigator Steven Dauernheim.
Investigators searched the Gulf side of Anna Maria Island for Musil-Buehler's body first, but after drawing new conclusions from evidence, investigators searched an undeveloped plot on the bay side off of South Bay Boulevard last May.
On Aug. 18, undergarments were found by a backhoe crew at the south end of Bay Boulevard in the city of Anna Maria and were sent to a DNA lab for testing. No DNA was found on the undergarments, however, according to lead detective John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Cumber is serving a 13-year prison sentence for violating probation after a January 2006 arson conviction. He is being held at the Manatee County jail as he awaits trial.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.