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Cumber case management set for July 31

William J. Cumber, accused of the November 2008 murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler, is set for a case management review at 9 a.m. July 31 at the Manatee County Judicial Center.

Judge Thomas Krug is presiding.

Cumber’s attorney has requested four continuances of the case management hearing since the original Jan. 16 date.

Cumber has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder and requested a jury trial. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him in connection with Musil-Buehler’s death in early October 2012 while he was incarcerated at the Charlotte County Correctional Institution on an unrelated charge.

According to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Kenney, who headed the Anna Maria substation when Musil-Buehler disappeared, Cumber has refused to talk with investigators about the incident, other than to declare his innocence.

Cumber claims Musil-Buehler left their Anna Maria apartment the night of Nov. 4, 2008, following an argument.

Kenney was one of the MCSO deputies who arrested Cumber and returned him to Manatee County to stand trial for second-degree murder. If convicted, Cumber faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

No trial date has been set.

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