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Bail hearing delayed for man cleared of slaying

A bail hearing for a 78-year-old man recently acquitted of killing a blind upstate New York homemaker in 1972 has been postponed for three weeks.

Willie James Kimble remains locked up on a federal charge that he failed to register as a sex offender. He has not yet entered a plea. If convicted, he could get 10 years in prison.

Kimble was cleared March 10 of bludgeoning to death Annie Mae Cray in 1972. It was one of the nation’s oldest cold-case murders to come to trial.

In 2009, police obtained a DNA match from a semen-stained blanket kept in storage for almost 38 years. Kimble skipped town while the murder was being re-examined and was tracked down in his native Sarasota, Fla., last year.

His hearing was postponed Tuesday until June 6.