GROSSETO, Italy — An Italian court on Saturday postponed until Oct. 15 a preliminary hearing seeking to determine charges against those responsible for the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers.

The court decided to delay the hearing, which will decide whether to indict Concordia's captain and others, in order to examine an expert assessment of audio evidence from the black box data recorder.

Capt. Francesco Schettino's lawyer told reporters outside the courthouse that the audio evidence from the black box confirms his client's version of events.

`'Schettino has felt relieved since he had the chance to tell his version of the facts to the judge, but he is also relieved because the audio evidence from the black box confirm his version," Bruno Leporatti said.

Schettino said recently in a TV interview that he was distracted by a telephone call just before the Jan. 13 accident, and that he believed his decision to move the ship closer to shore to shallow waters instead of immediately ordering an evacuation potentially saved lives. Prosecutors allege he sailed too close to an island in a publicity stunt, ramming it into a reef.

Passengers described a confused and delayed evacuation, with many of the life boats unable to be lowered after the ship listed to one side. Some of the 4,200 aboard jumped into the Mediterranean and swam to the island, while others had to be plucked from the vessel by rescue helicopters hours after the collision.

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  • A view of the stricken luxury liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. Italian rescuers again suspended their search today for 20 people still missing since the cruise liner capsized more than a week ago, and 12 people have been confirmed dead. (Getty)

  • A view of the stricken luxury liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Tourists look at the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Tourists look at the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Tourists look at the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Tourists look at the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Workers operate in the port at the site the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • A worker operates at the port on the site of the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • People look at fire fighters operating on the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Divers work near the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia on January 22, 2012 off the Tuscan island of Giglio. (Getty)

  • Firefighters work on the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia on January 22, 2012 off the Tuscan island of Giglio. (Getty)

  • A view of the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • People watch the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Isola del Giglio on January 22, 2012. (Getty)

  • Soldiers are sat in the port of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island), in front of the cruise liner Costa Concordia liying aground on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty)

  • The cruise liner Costa Concordia lies aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty Images)

  • Italian policemen carry equipment in front of the cruise liner Costa Concordia lying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty)

  • A view of the cruise liner Costa Concordia lying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty)

  • A model of the Costa Concordia is displayed in a street of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012. (Getty)

  • A woman poses in front of the cruise liner Costa Concordia liying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty)

  • A platform boat carries stones by the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia liying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on January 23, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (Getty)