Closing Arguments in Williams Trial Delayed

Closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of Jayson Williams (search) were postponed Wednesday after a prosecutor fell ill — the latest of several delays in the former NBA (search) star's trial.

Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman delayed closing arguments until Monday. He had scheduled them for Thursday before Assistant Hunterdon County Prosecutor Katharine Errickson got sick.

Williams, 36, faces eight charges, including aggravated manslaughter, in the shooting death of limousine driver Costas "Gus" Christofi (search) at his New Jersey mansion.

On April 5, the judge suspended the trial so Williams' attorneys could evaluate evidence that should have been handed over to them by prosecutors before the trial started. Defense attorneys had rested just before the additional evidence surface, but were allowed to reopen their case.

On April 13, the trial was further delayed when the sister-in-law of Steven C. Lember, first assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor, died.

In another delay last month, the trial was put on hold when the mother of lead defense attorney Joseph A. Hayden Jr. died.

Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 2000. He was suspended from his job as an NBA analyst for NBC after the shooting.