WARREN - The capital murder trial of Louis Mann was postponed Wednesday afternoon when it was learned that Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk was delayed in getting a flight here from Milwaukee.
The coroner was there on business. He returned later Wednesday and is scheduled to testify this morning as the state's final witness before final arguments are expected.
Mann, 33, of Warren faces the death penalty in the murder of his parents two years ago.
Since the defense is not planning to present any defense, if a jury convicts Mann of the aggravated murder in the death with special aggravated circumstances, the second or penalty phase of the trial, will be held beginning next week.
Mann's defense team has already said their client killed his parents and they are only trying to convince jurors to spare his life.
Defense attorneys said they will present evidence during mitigation that will focus on sexual abuse suffered by Mann.
Germaniuk's testimony is expected to detail the injuries to Mann's mother and father. Mann is accused of strangling his mother with a clothesline and shooting his father and beating him to death with a flashlight Sept. 30, 2011.
Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, died from blunt cranial trauma and multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Mann's mother, Frances M. Mann, 53, died of ligature strangulation.
On Tuesday, Atara Broadus, who was in a motel with Mann when he was arrested the day after the murders, told jurors that Mann told her he snapped after his parents threatened to seek custody of his 9-year-old daughter since he and his wife Tonya had been in and out of rehab for drug addiction.
Besides the death penalty, Mann also faces life without any chance of parole and life with chance of parole after 25 or 30 years.