A man charged in the shooting death of the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will face trial on federal charges next year.
Multiple media outlets reported that a federal judge ruled Monday that the trial of 22-year-old Demario James Atwater will begin in May 2010.
Defense attorneys had requested more time to prepare for a trial initially scheduled for November.
Atwater faces five federal charges in the death of 22-year-old Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., and prosecutors have filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty.
Carson was found shot to death near campus, and prosecutors say she was kidnapped from her home.
Atwater also faces state charges in the case along with a co-defendant, Laurence Alvin Lovette.