Donald Lafferty is due in court in January after being originally scheduled to stand trial this month. The former minister faces charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, armed criminal action and financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person. Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver said Judge David Dolan, who was assigned to hear the case after a change of judge request, granted a continuance at the request of Lafferty’s defense. Lafferty’s attorney, Daniel Moore, had requested the release of medical records in April, and Dolan granted that request. On June 9, Oliver filed a motion to endorse an expert witness — presumably relating to one of the defense’s motions. The charges facing Lafferty allege he, along with Brandi and Christopher Hicks, agreed to carry out a plan to set fire to the Lafferty home as Donald Lafferty’s now-former wife, Mildred, slept in January of 2013. In exchange, the Hickses would be paid $15,000, with another $5,000 if Mildred Lafferty perished in the fire. Lafferty had posted bond and is reportedly is living in Massachusetts. Christopher Hicks is scheduled to begin his trial July 16.