A Pacific man who had been set to stand trial Monday in a three-year-old murder case will go to trial in October.
Dave Lee Covert, 63, was charged in April 2015 with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the death of 48-year-old Rosa Bialik-Luttrell.
A five-day jury trial is slated in Franklin County for Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in front of Osage County Judge Robert D. Schollmeyer.
The case was suspended in March following the order of a mental evaluation of Covert, according to court records.
Covert is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond. He is well known to local law enforcement authorities and has stated in the past that he wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” authorities said.
The suspect called a Pacific police dispatcher shortly before 11 p.m. April 14 and said he had just killed a woman outside the MotoMart gas station on Payne Street.
When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds.
During an interview at the scene, Covert told detectives that he and the victim had been arguing throughout the day and that escalated at the MotoMart when Bialik-Luttrell pulled a pocketknife from her purse and tried to cut him.
In the interview, Covert said he grabbed the victim’s hand holding the knife and during the struggle the woman was stabbed in the chest and the throat, according to police.
Evidence at the scene, however, indicated that Bialik-Luttrell had stab wounds to the back, left shoulder, and to the back of and inside of her left hand. Her throat had been slashed from left to right, according to a probable cause statement filed in court.
The suspect said he and the victim had been in a relationship for the last four years.
According to reports, Covert resisted officers and had to be stunned with a taser gun.
Police said during the investigation they found a bloody pocketknife on the roof of the MotoMart.
According to court records, Covert had a number of assault and other misdemeanor charges issued in Franklin County.