Citing newly discovered evidence, a Pasadena Superior Court judge ordered opening arguments in the trial of Mitchell Carleton Sims, accused of robbing and killing a Glendale pizza deliveryman, delayed until Monday.
"There have been new developments in this case that require a continuance," Judge Jack B. Tso told members of a newly selected jury moments after they took their courtroom seats Wednesday morning.
On a request from the judge, Deputy Dist. Atty. Terry A. Green refused to say what evidence was introduced and by whom. But he described it as important.
John Steven Harrigan, 21, was murdered Dec. 9, 1985, after delivering a pizza to the Regalodge Motel in Glendale, where Sims was staying. His bound and gagged body was discovered submerged in a motel-room bathtub. A washcloth had been stuffed in his mouth and a pillowcase tied over his head.