ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — A state judge has refused to throw out an indictment against a teenager accused of first-degree murder in the throat-slashing death of an 8-year-old boy.

On Thursday, Judge William G. Carmichael delayed the suspect's trial because a key defense witness will not be available until December.

The trial for 19-year-old Trevor Reese had been scheduled to begin Oct. 1 in the death of Jackson Attuso, of Clinton, who was killed on June 10, 2010.

The Advocate reports Carmichael rejected defense attorney Lewis Unglesby's motion to throw out the indictment, which Unglesby based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a defendant who committed a crime as a juvenile cannot be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.