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Trial delayed in bike trail murder

Kirkwood and East Lake

Trial delayed in bike trail murder

X'avier Arnold was murdered on Dec. 26, 2013. Photo from X'avier Arnold's Facebook page.

X’avier Arnold was murdered on Dec. 26, 2013. Photo from X’avier Arnold’s Facebook page.

The case against two people charged with murdering an Army reservist on a bike trail Kirkwood has hit another snag.

Qutravius Palmer and Zion Wainwright are accused of murdering X’avier Arnold on Dec. 26, 2013 while was walking with friends on a bike trail near the Pullman Yard. Both have pleaded not guilty. Nearly a year later, the case hasn’t gone to trial.

The trial was supposed to start on Dec. 9, but the Fulton County District Attorney’s office says the case has been continued. No new date has been set. Kirkwood residents who are watching the case said the detective is ill and can’t testify.

Arnold’s murder galvanized the community. Homes in Kirkwood still have signs with a giant “X” in their yards, a tribute to Arnold. But the prosecution of the two defendants has been a challenge. Defense attorneys have questioned a lack of physical evidence connecting their clients to the crime. One of the main witnesses to the crime, Ibrahim Sanusi, drowned at Lake Lanier back in June. Sanusi was with Arnold and another friend when they were attacked.