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William "Bill" Landske, left, was convicted of murdering local prominent attorney T. Edward Page, right. 

CROWN POINT — A special judge granted a request Thursday from William "Bill" Landske to postpone his trial until August on charges alleging he fatally shot a prominent local attorney who had served Landske's family for decades.

Landske, 84, had been scheduled to stand trial starting May 28 on one count of murder in the Aug. 15 shooting death of T. Edward Page, a local attorney and former magistrate judge.

Judge Rex Kepner rescheduled Landske's trial for Aug. 26. A pretrial hearing is set for Aug. 1.

Kepner, who has now granted two requests from Landske to postpone trial, warned defense attorney Scott King and Deputy Prosecutor Michael Toth he likely will refuse to grant any further continuances.

"This is our last go-round with moving the trial date, so we need to sort that out by Aug. 1, or not sort it out," Kepner said.

Landske was arrested Aug. 15, 2018, after police were called to Page's Hobart home for a report of a gunshot victim.

Page, 64, was shot four times, Lake Criminal Court records say. Page's husband and two of Landske's adult daughters were at Page's home during the shooting.

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Landske allegedly told police he shot Page because he was upset about the attorney's work on his late wife's taxes. Page eulogized the late state Sen. Sue Landske at her funeral in 2015, recalling their yearslong friendship and his work as her attorney.

William Landske has pleaded not guilty.

King told Kepner his office recently received about 50 boxes of financial documents he thinks are essential to the case. An accountant for the defense likely would not have been able to complete a review ahead of the previous trial date, King said.

Toth said he agreed to a continuance until August.

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