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McGraw murder trial moved to Jan. 27

The murder trial date of Travis Lee McGraw has been moved a week later to Monday, Jan. 27.

The trial date was originally scheduled for the week of Jan. 21, but scheduling conflicts caused the trial to be pushed back one week.

McGraw, 46, faces first-degree murder charges for the death of his wife, Vanessa Mintz on Feb. 19, 2011. Mintz was found at the Saluda Mountain Lodge, which her family owned and was renovating at the time.

If the case goes to trial, it could be the first murder trial held in Polk County in more than a decade.

Judge Marvin Pope is scheduled to preside over the trial, which has been scheduled to take up to three weeks. Assistant District Attorney Alex Bass of District 29-A took over the prosecution of the case in August.

After being held in jail since February 2011, McGraw posted a $75,000 bond in May and was released from custody.

Mintz died of a gunshot wound to the head and was found at the lodge on the morning of Feb. 19, 2011, according to documents filed at the Polk County Courthouse.

McGraw was arrested four days after Mintz was found murdered.