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Man who allegedly shot wife, self to stand trial

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The Jefferson County Court trial of a Sackets Harbor man accused of shooting his wife and then himself in August 2010 has been set to begin May 7.

Darron S. Morris, 42, faces a charge of second-degree attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his wife, Sherry L., by shooting her with a pistol Aug. 4, 2010, during a domestic dispute at their Madison Barracks apartment.

Following the alleged shooting, Mr. Morris threatened police as they rescued his wife from the residence and then engaged in a five-hour standoff with several law enforcement agencies before shooting himself in the head.

His injuries raised questions about his competency to stand trial, but after an evaluation conducted by the state Office of Mental Health at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center, New Hampton, it was determined in August that he could assist his own defense. He is being represented by Watertown attorney Eric T. Swartz.

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