THE woman accused of stabbing Emma Bradshaw to death in Shirley will not stand trail until next year.
Karla Biddle (31) of Aldbury Road, Yardley Wood, pleaded not guilty to the murder of her ex-partner's new girlfriend at Birmingham Crown court last week.
Miss Bradshaw, also 31, was found lying in a pool of blood in Berkeley Road at just after 8.00am on May 14.
She was declared dead at Heartlands Hospital just 45 minutes after being found with several stab wounds to her chest.
Biddle was arrested shortly afterwards, and appeared at Warwick Crown Court for a preliminary hearing at the end of May.
The short appearance was adjourned until this month after prosecutor Graham Hubbard had asked for the Crown to be allowed a longer period of time to prepare the papers in the case.
He explained: "There has been an unusual spate of violent offences in the West Midlands area in the last few weeks, and the Crown will not receive a pathologist's report until mid-July, and the papers cannot be served without that report."
The case was heard by the Recorder of Birmingham Judge Frank Chapman and prosecutor Mark Wall QC said a provisional date has been set for the trial to take place on March 30 next year.
Judge Chapman ordered that there should be a pre-trial review hearing at Birmingham Crown Court in November, and remanded Biddle in custody.
Michael Duck, defending, said he was not making a bail application, but would probably make one 'on notice' at a later date.