Trial Delayed for Dad of Boy Deprived of Water

By Greg Janda
|  Monday, Feb 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:20 AM CDT
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Trial Delayed for Dad of Boy Deprived of Water

NBC 5

Mug shot of Michael Ray James, charged with injury to a child for allegedly depriving his son of water for five days.

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It could be months before the father accused of letting his son go without water for five days and die goes on trial.

Prosecutors believe Michael Ray James punished his 10-year-old son Jonathan by not allowing him to drink anything.

James' trial was supposed to start Monday morning, but lawyers agreed to reschedule. No new date was announced.

James faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted for injury to a child.

Last month, a jury sentenced the boy's stepmother, Tina Albseron, to 85 years in prison for her part in the boy's death.

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