BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Bardstown mother is mourning the loss of her son.
"December the first will be a year,” Gwen Wickliffe said.
A year since her 18-year-old son Rasheed Wickliffe was murdered. Wickliffe was found dead in front of the Bloomfield post office on Taylorsville Road, about ten miles outside of Bardstown.
“That's my son, I love him dearly,” Gwen said while crying.
Wickliffe was a Bardstown High School graduate. The Nelson County Sheriff's department called his death a drug deal gone bad. His parents want to see the person that murdered him pay.
“Maybe we'll get some justice, but right now it's kind of rough. It's rough,” his father, Richard Wickliffe said.
The same day their son was killed, police arrested 18 year-old Alexander Roberts. Roberts is charged with murder. Police say Wickliffe met Roberts a few houses down from the post office and that's where he was stabbed in the neck.
“I just thought that we're going to get this over with,” Gwen said.
But issues inside the courtroom have kept that from happening.
“I can't even mourn my son because I'm too busy trying to make sure that everything is done for him,” Wickliffe said.
Roberts' trial was supposed to start Monday, but according to court documents, the judge ruled it a mistrial after "bailiffs inadvertently brought the defendant in the courtroom in shackles in front of prospective jurors."
“I just want there to be justice, and I want them to stop all of this craziness with our justice system and get it done,” Gwen said.
This isn't the first time the Wickliffes have left the courtroom discouraged. They say there's been two other pre-trials that were postponed, as well.
“First it was evidence, [it] was not ready,” she said.
The Wickliffes say they are tired of waiting for closure and slowly losing confidence in the justice system.
“Every time I've gone to that courthouse, there's been something different that I walk out of there just feeling so negative about it,” she said.
Gwen said she needs this trial to move forward so she can move forward with her son’s death.
“I feel like I'm stuck in this time period where I can't get rid of the pain.”
Wickliffe’s parents holding tight to the last bit of hope they have left.
A new jury needs to be selected. The next pre-trial is scheduled for January 6, 2017. Trial is set to start on January 10, 2017.