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Ross Kleman is led out of the courthouse in Hinton, Alta., on April 26. (CBC) ((CBC) )

A sentencing hearing for the man who admits he killed the 14-year-old daughter of a Baptist minister in Edson, Alta. will likely be delayed until the fall.

Ross Edward Kleman pleaded guilty in April to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in the slaying of Emily Stauffer in September 2008.

Kleman faces an automatic life sentence but a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday to determine his parole eligibility.

Alberta Justice confirmed a judge will be asked next week to delay the sentencing because Kleman's psychiatric assessment will not be done in time.

Stauffer, 14, was found dead on Sept. 27, 2008. She had been attacked in broad daylight as she walked on a path in the town, about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.

The court heard that Kleman approached the teen around 5 p.m., choked her and slashed her throat.