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Hearing for suspect in beating death of Jason "Cowboy" Huggins postponed again

SAN DIEGO – The preliminary hearing for the man charged in the beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins has been postponed for a second time.

Joshua James Larson, 37, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Larson is accused of bludgeoning Huggins in the head with a rock in a canyon near the 1300 block of Washington Street in Hillcrest, where the homeless gay man was living at the time. Huggins died two weeks later on July 6.

Prosecutors are expected to present a motive of revenge, because Huggins had testified against Larson during a criminal trial.

The tall and lanky Cowboy, as he was affectionately known, was a fixture in the Hillcrest gayborhood with his trademark cowboy hat, boots and big belt buckle. His untimely death at the age of 31 stunned the LGBT community locally and around the U.S.

The preliminary hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14, has now been set for Wednesday, Oct. 12.