Elisa Baker, 42, is accused of dismembering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra, slicing her up into little pieces last October.
As we reported here, her distraught father Adam sparked a huge manhunt for the little girl, who lost her left leg and hearing in both ears while being treated for cancer, aged five, after she went missing from her home in Hickory, NC.
But a month later her body was found on a road near home in circumstances chillingly similar to the recent disappearance of Caylee Anthony, who's mom Casey was recently cleared of her murder.
The indictment against Baker said she: "desecrated the victim's body to hinder detection, investigation and prosecution of the offense."
She is charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of her stepdaughter.
But her highly anticipated trial was delayed after Lawyers appearing in Catawba County Superior Court spoke with Judge Timothy Kincaid, who agreed to move the hearing to Wednesday morning.
Neither the prosecutors nor the defense would explain the reason for the delay.
According to WBTV Baker's defense attorney, Scott Reilly, filed a change of venue motion arguing coverage in area newspapers and comments on the web "reveal a deep prejudice against his client.
But the judge will now choose the city to which he was going to move the hearing to Wednesday morning.