The trial of a Dickson County man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter has been rescheduled to next year. 27-year-old Edward Joseph Benesch II was scheduled to stand trial this week on two counts of felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect for the March death of Somarah Smith, but the prosecution and defense both agreed to postpone the trial because they need more time to prepare. A new trial date has been set for Jan. 21, 2014. Assistant District Attorney Carey Thompson has filed notice that if Benesch is convicted, the state plans to seek an enhanced sentence of life without parole. On Aug. 12, defense attorney Olin Baker asked a judge to issue an order allowing the defense team inside the Rocky Drive mobile home where Benesch was living to take pictures of the alleged crime scene. After first refusing to allow access, the property owner agreed after being summoned to appear before a judge. At a July 12 hearing in which a portion of Benesch’s statement to police was ruled inadmissible, Baker told Judge George Sexton the defense would not be ready for the Sept. 16 trial date. Benesch remains in jail on $75,000 bond. Investigators said Benesch claims he tripped over a cat and fell on the child while caring for her because both her parents were in jail. He said he did not seek medical attention for her because he was drunk, although the prosecution claims Benesch purchased beer and cigarettes at a market after the time he claims the accident happened. At an April 19 preliminary hearing, TBI Agent Mike Breedlove testified there is a witness who saw Benesch punch the child inside the Rocky Drive mobile home.