WOODSTOCK — New evidence in a murder case dating back more than a year has stretched out the timeline for moving forward to May.

On Friday, Peter McDermott, the public defender, told a judge in Shenandoah County Circuit Court that he needed more time to prepare for a murder case involving David Knott, 57, who is accused of stabbing Cynthia Dellinger to death in January 2019. McDermott said the commonwealth had received new evidence from the Virginia State Police and he was requesting 30 days from the time the commonwealth responds to respond himself.

Judge William W. Sharp granted the motion and offered May 15 as the next date for both parties to return for further proceedings.

Amanda Wiseley, the commonwealth’s attorney, asked Sharp whether he would be the judge to hear the case. Sharp has presided over the case since Kevin C. Black recused himself and the case fell on Sharp’s docket.

Sharp said he has been operating on the assumption that he would preside but said he was going to request a clear confirmation later on Friday.

Sharp set Knott’s next appearance for May 15 for further proceedings. No trial date has been set.

Contact Max Thornberry at mthornberry@nvdaily.com