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The trial for Jason Thomas Scott, a 29-year-old accused of killing a Largo mother and daughter in 2009, is starting later than expected because the state’s lead witness attempted suicide last night, according to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

The trial, which was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today, has been delayed while prosecutors rearrange the order of those set to give testimony, state’s attorney’s office officials said. There are nearly 60 witnesses, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Alsobrooks said the woman who attempted suicide is the daughter and sister of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her daughter, Ebony Dewitt, 19, whose bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a stolen car that was set on fire near their home. Alsobrooks said the witness is the one who discovered her family members missing.

Alsobrooks said the witness is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment.

“It’s been a very overwhelming case,” Alsobrooks said.

Alsobrooks said the woman, whose identity has not yet been revealed, moved to North Carolina after the incident but came back to Prince George’s County to be a witness in the trial.

Scott, a 2001 Largo High school graduate, is facing life in prison if convicted on both first-degree murder counts.