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How soon the trial will occur remains undecided, although it seems unlikely that it will be held this year.

McIntosh conducted a brief hearing Wednesday morning to get an update on the progress of the case from both sides.

Coy, who is free on a $1 million bond, stood between his attorneys during the hearing, but did not speak.

The judge set the next status hearing for Oct. 4, when he hopes he and the attorneys can agree on a firm trial date. Collins said after the hearing that a trial almost certainly will not occur until sometime in 2022.

Because court operations slowed to a crawl during the pandemic, there is a backlog of unresolved criminal cases, and defendants who are in jail awaiting trial must get priority.

US extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico borders

The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed at land and ferry crossings for at least another month as the pandemic continues to pose a threat to “human life or national interests,” federal officials said Wednesday.

 

Any movement between the U.S. and its neighbors will be limited to “essential travel” only until Aug. 21, the Department of Homeland Security said in a draft notice set to be published Thursday. The restrictions have been in place since March 2020, when the deadly outbreak officially became a global pandemic.

The announcement comes just a day after Canada said it would finally allow fully vaccinated travelers, including Americans, to visit the country for the first time in more than a year. The air travel ban is set to be lifted on Aug. 9 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Sept. 7 for those from other countries.

But officials in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have “mutually determined” that non-essential travel at their land and ferry crossings “poses additional risk of transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 and places the populace of both nations at increased risk of contracting the virus,” according to the DHS notice.

The agency said sustained transmission of the virus and the risk of new variants would also place its staff in each port of entry at risk of contracting COVID-19.

—New York Daily News