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Victim’s condition postpones trial in alleged Sackets Harbor shooting

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A trial scheduled to begin Monday in Jefferson County Court in the case of a Sackets Harbor man accused of shooting his wife in August 2010 has been postponed because of the alleged victim’s medical condition.

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. Mr. Morris threatened police as they rescued his wife and then engaged in a five-hour standoff with police before shooting himself in the head.

His injuries raised questions about his competency to stand trial, but an evaluation by the state Office of Mental Health determined in August that he could assist his own defense.

Now it is his wife’s medical issues that have pushed back the trial date, according to Mr. Morris’s defense attorney, Eric T. Swartz, of Watertown. Mrs. Morris suffered a spinal injury and partial paralysis of her extremities. Mr. Swartz said she requires continuous medical care that precludes her from appearing at court proceedings.

“Medical health care professionals are saying she can’t safely make the trip up here,” Mr. Swartz said Friday.

He said Mrs. Morris is receiving care in Pennsylvania, although he did not know where.

Mr. Swartz said that he will meet with prosecutors to determine how the case will proceed. No new trial date has been set. District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert declined to comment on the reasons for the postponement other than saying “there are matters that need to be addressed.”

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