Trial tabled in triple homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina

MULESHOE — The man charged with capital murder in the Oct. 10 triple slaying of his former wife and two other men had his trial postponed Wednesday morning after prosecutors said they weren’t ready to take the case to trial.
Judge Gordon H. Green of the 287th District Court granted the request made by District Attorney Johnny Actkinson.
If the request hadn’t been approved, Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, had been scheduled to go to trial next week on charges stemming from the deaths of Rhonda June Kitchens, 48, Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, and Vince Simnacher, 61. No date has been set for a new hearing.
District Court Clerk Elaine Parker said the delay happened because the state crime lab hadn’t finished processing evidence submitted by the prosecution. Actkinson did not return a phone call to his office requesting comment on the case.
Kitchens is being held without bond in the Lamb County Jail, according to jail officials. Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills couldn’t be reached for comment, but following Kitchen’s arrest, Wills said his county jail isn’t able to handle maximum security inmates due to space issues.