FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The trial date in the murder case against Shane Meehan has been delayed after a judge granted a motion to continue.

According to a judge’s order, the defense filed a motion to continue both the final pre-trial hearing and the jury trial date. That motion was unopposed by the prosecution and was then granted.

While Meehan’s trial had been scheduled for May, it now won’t take place until October 30 at 9 a.m. at the United States Courthouse on Ohio Street in Terre Haute. His pre-trial will be held on October 11.

Meehan is accused of shooting and killing Terre Haute Police Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Greg Ferency in July 2021.

According to court records, in early March a judge granted the defense’s motion asking for a psychological examination of Meehan and a mental competency hearing.

In the motion to determine the mental competency of the defendant, Meehan’s counsel stated;

Based on communication with Mr. Meehan, personal observations, review of records, interviews with witnesses and consultation with mental health professionals undersigned counsel have reasonable cause to believe that the defendant may presently be suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense.

Defense motion to determine mental competency of defendant