Willis’ defense wants to postpone Heeringa trial

Jeffrey Willis, Rebekah Bletsch, murder trial, verdict
Jeffrey Willis quickly walks out of the courtroom after he was found guilty of first degree murder, felony murder and felony firearm charges on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at the Muskegon County Courthouse in Muskegon, Mich.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Jeffrey Willis’ trial for the murder of Jessica Heeringa may be delayed.

The trial for the kidnapping and murder of Heeringa in April 2013 is currently scheduled to start March 6. However, Willis’ defense team has asked for a delay in the case.

A judge will hear arguments on the defense’s motion to adjourn Jan. 26, then make a decision on whether to grant it.

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Willis is already in prison for shooting and killing Rebekah Bletsch near her home in rural Muskegon County in the summer of 2014.

His cousin, Kevin Bluhm, previously pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in Heeringa’s murder. Authorities say he helped his cousin bury Heeringa’s body. Last week, Bluhm was sentenced to time served and released from jail.

Heeringa’s remains have never been found. Authorities think Willis moved her body later.