The trial set this month for a Dothan man charged in a September 2018 murder on Pettus Street has been continued.

Dentavious Jamal Givens, 24, of Dothan, faces murder charges for the beating death of Neal Craft Barber.

According to court documents Houston County Judge Todd Derrick issued an order granting a continuance s requested by agreement between the state and defense attorney.

No new trial date has been set.

A grand jury indicted Givens on Jan. 11. He is currently out of jail on a $150,000 bond.

Jatavion Lakeldrick Collins, 20, of Dothan, is also charged in the death. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Barber’s body was found in a building behind a residence in the 300 block of Pettus Street last September. Police are unable to confirm how long the body had been in the building. During the investigation, it was determined Barber was residing in the shack where his body was found.

Police say the murder stemmed from an argument over drugs. Givens and Collins believed Barber had taken their drugs, Dothan Police Lt. Lynn Watkins said in earlier reports.

Barber had multiple blunt force trauma injuries to his head and suffered multiple broken ribs and other injuries from which he later died, Watkins said.

Murder is a Class A felony carrying a penalty of no less than 10 years, and no more than life or 99 years in the state penitentiary.

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