The US trial of a Worcestershire poker champion accused of killing his wife, which was due to start on Monday, has been delayed for five months, officials have confirmed.

Marcus Bebb-Jones is accused of murdering his wife Sabrina in 1997 before dumping her body in a Colorado national park.

The couple owned the Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado, when Mrs Bebb-Jones disappeared.

Her skull was found in 2004 in a national park near Douglas Pass in north-west Colorado.

Professional gambler Bebb-Jones was arrested in 2009 in a raid at his home in Kidderminster amid accusations he went on to spend thousands of dollars on her credit cards before botching a suicide bid.

The 49-year-old, who denies killing his wife, lost his appeal against extradition in 2011. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

A five-week trial in Garfield County, Colorado, was due to start on Monday but will now begin in April next year, Colorado Judicial Department confirmed.

The trial is now set to start on April 1, 2013 until May 5, 2013.