ROCKLAND, Maine – A bail hearing scheduled for Monday in Knox County Superior Court for Hope resident Steven Pomeroy, charged with murder, has been continued for the second time in two weeks.

A Superior Court clerk said Thursday that Pomeroy’ s hearing has been postponed until late September at the defense attorney’ s request.

Pomeroy, 23, was charged with murdering Jessica Marie Nichols, 22, on July 2. The State Medical Examiner’ s Office said Nichols had multiple sharp-force and blunt-force injuries.

According to a court affidavit, Pomeroy told police that he had lost his temper over a comment she had made about his former fiancee and he bludgeoned and stabbed Nichols. After cleaning up the blood in his apartment at 30 Pearse Road in Hope, he allegedly placed her body in the trunk of his car and drove to a friend’ s house in another part of Hope.

Maine State Police Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock of Troop D barracks in Thomaston said he heard the radio transmission of the 911 call and at 8:25 a.m. arrived at the address where Pomeroy had driven his car. Wesbrock and Knox County deputies found Nichols’ body in the car trunk.

Pomeroy was arrested immediately at the scene.

Pomeroy made his initial appearance in connection with Nichols’ death July 3 at Knox County Superior Court. Pomeroy stood before District Judge Joseph Field, who formally charged him with murder and ordered him held until a bail hearing.

Pomeroy remains in Knox County Jail.