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Both parents of boy missing since 1997 to face trial in 2017

Peter Kema Sr. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Peter Kema Sr. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The trial for a Hawaii man charged with murder in the death of his son who has been missing for nearly two decades has been postponed until 2017.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Peter Kema Sr. had been scheduled to start trial Monday, but a judge granted his request for a delay. His new trial is set for Jan. 23, one week before his wife, Jaylin Kema, will go before a jury in the case.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of their son, Peter Kema Jr., known as "Peter Boy." The child was 6 when he went missing in 1997.

The boy's parents had long been suspects in his disappearance before prosecutors said they finally had enough evidence to charge them in April.

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