MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — A hearing set for Monday on David Huffman’s petition for post-conviction relief has been postponed until October.

Huffman, convicted in the 1995 slaying of 14-year-old Thomson, Ill., resident Melinda Wilkinson, is seeking early release from the 75-year sentence he received for the murder.

As Judge William Kelly entered the courtroom in Carroll County Circuit Court on Monday morning, he advised the matter was set for status and reset the hearing. Kelly referred to a “discovery issue” and asked Carroll County State’s Attorney Scott Brinkmeier if the discovery had been answered. Brinkmeier replied that it had.

Kelly said the involved parties will hold a telephone conference on July 12 at 1 p.m. and reset the trial for Oct. 15, 16 and 17.

Huffman is being represented by Attorney Jim Mertes of Rock Falls, Ill. Upon leaving the courtroom, Mertes said the discovery issue had to do with a request to provide jail logs documenting whether Huffman’s former attorney, William E. Schirger, visited Huffman in jail. Mertes said Brinkmeier provided the discovery information Monday morning and noted that all discovery proceedings have been finalized. At the trial, Mertes is expected to argue that Huffman did not receive a sufficient defense and raise issues as to the competence and effectiveness of the defense presented by Schirger.

Melinda’s parents, Steve and Melody Wilkinson, attended the hearing on Monday. The couple have been in the courtroom for almost every proceeding regarding Huffman’s appeals and petitions.

Also at most hearings, they are surrounded by family and friends who offer support. Melody said that support has been very important over the years and expressed her gratitude.

“It makes a big difference. They’ve been helping us get through all of this for 111/2 years,” she said.

She added that it is difficult for the family to keep reliving the loss of their daughter while knowing that Huffman is alive and attempting to get out of jail early.

“We have to reschedule our lives every time,” she said. “It’s easier for us to come up when we know he’s not going to be here, but it’s very frustrating. It makes us mad that we have to keep doing this.”