The suspect in Huntsville's first murder of 2014, Lopez Rice, appeared in court Wednesday, but his preliminary hearing was delayed again.
Rice's preliminary hearing was first scheduled in late January, but it was pushed because of the winter storm that moved through Huntsville. Wednesday, the judge said an investigator needed for the case was on vacation.
Rice, wearing a pink jail jumpsuit, lowered his head and tried to dodge television cameras. His family was visibly upset as they left the courtroom.
The judge said the preliminary hearing for Rice was rescheduled for Monday.
Rice was accused of killing Mercedes Morris on New Year's Day. Police said Rice and several others approached the home in the 2700 block of Bridge Road and began shooting.
Investigators said Morris was in a car in the driveway of the home when she was shot.
Rice's cousin was at the courthouse Wednesday and said police have it all wrong.
"I don't know what happened," said Rice's cousin. "I just think he's innocent. I don't think he did it."
Rice was returned to the Madison County Jail where he awaits his rescheduled hearing.