COLUMBUS, Ohio — The trial for the Westerville man accused of killing his wife has been delayed until 2022.
Matheau Moore appeared in court via Zoom on Monday. His defense asked the judge for a continuance on the original Sept. 7 trial date, citing the need to examine the “voluminous” discovery.
The judge agreed to move the trial to Feb. 15, 2022.
Moore was arrested and charged with murder and felonious assault in the death of Emily Noble in June.
Noble was reported missing in May 2020. Her body wasn't found until nearly four months later.
A coroner's report found Noble died from a combination of multiple injuries to her head and neck. A 20-inch USB cord was found around her neck.
Investigators believe Moore killed his wife and then staged her death to look like a suicide.
Noble’s friends and family were in the courtroom to show their support. Tondra Van Allen, Noble’s longtime friend and former college roommate, brought a framed photo of Noble with her and wore a mask that said – Justice for Emily.
“I wanted anybody that could see to see her picture and to see my message,” she said. “I wanted Mat’s father to see it. I wanted the news to see it. I wanted the judge to see it, and I wanted her friends and family, they were very happy that I brought a picture, so that was nice for all of us to look at.”
Van Allen also said the friends and family support the judge’s decision to delay the trial, adding that they will stick it out as long as needed to see justice served.
“There is a lot of evidence, a lot of discovery, so we want this,” she said. “We want, the family is happy with it. We want them to have all the time they need for him to get a fair trial. So justice can be served. I think the evidence is going to speak for itself.”