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Brian Burns’ sentencing hearing rescheduled for September

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- The sentencing of a former Harrisburg doctor convicted of murdering his estranged wife has been rescheduled. Again.

Brian Burns, 61, was found guilty in December of first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death in the death of Carla Burns.

On March 10, 2016, the Marion Police Department received several calls concerning the whereabouts of Carla Burns. Brian Burns was arrested and charged with her murder six days later.

During his trial, Burns claimed Carla’s death was an accident. Prosecutors argued Brian Burns shot and killed Carla then burned her body.

Burns was scheduled to be sentenced in February, but that hearing was delayed until March 31. Court records show in late March the hearing was again reset, this time for June 2.

Burns, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for the attempted kidnapping of the former Saline County State's Attorney, was brought to the courthouse Tuesday.

The sentencing hearing was postponed after Burns' defense attorney Dwayne Verity claimed he didn't receive notice.

Sentencing is now set for 1 p.m. September 8.

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