During the first day of trial proceedings, in which a jury had been seated, the judge presiding over the case mistakenly told jurors about Kenneth Maready's prior driving-while-impaired convictions.
A mistrial was declared.
In 2005, investigators said, Maready was drunk and driving a stolen car when he hit Kay Stokes and killed her. Investigators said Maready's blood-alcohol level may have been three times the legal limit.
The incident happened less than a month after he got out of prison. Maready has a lengthy criminal record and he has nine prior drunken driving convictions.
Maready is accused of second-degree murder. He also faces a number of other charges including DWI, larceny and habitual felon charges.
Maready is still in jail.