The trial of war veteran Albert Ncube and his friend Robert Nyathi over the murder of a white commercial farmer and widow Gloria Olds failed to kick off on Tuesday after the matter was struck off the court roll.
High Court judge Justice Maphios Cheda struck off the case from the roll after State counsel Thompson Hove told the court the witness, Colleen Dlamini, could not be located.
Two of the three State witnesses gave evidence last year.
The pair denied the murder charge.
The case has taken more than 11 years to be concluded.
Olds was allegedly killed at the height of farm invasions in 2001.
Ncube and Nyathi allegedly fatally shot widow Olds (72) then and three of her dogs on March 4 2001 at Silverstream Farm in Nyamandlovu.
The pair is also facing charges of kidnapping Olds’ employee, Foster Moyo, a day before they allegedly committed the murder.
The pair was released on bail.