Pirko to stand trial in February

26-year-old Steven Randy Pirko will go on trial in February 2019 for the murder of Chris Ausman.

Pirko was arrested and charged with second degree murder back in November 2016, almost 3 years since Ausman was found stabbed to death on a Rutland sidewalk.

He also has an extensive criminal record, and is currently serving a 9-month sentence for charges of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.

While the trial was initially scheduled for November, it's now set to begin on February 19th, and is expected to last approximately two weeks.

A pre-trial conference is currently scheduled for October 25th. It's unknown at this time if that date will be moved closer to the new trial date.