CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A change in defense attorneys is expected to delay the scheduled July murder trial of Frederick G. Marr, a Lower Township man charged with shooting his nephew in 2010.
During a brief court hearing Thursday, Marr’s current attorney, Ed Weinstock, was relieved of his position as Marr’s defense attorney by Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild because of an anticipated conflict in the case.
Marr, 73, is charged with shooting Ronald Denny Sr., 50, outside Denny’s Middle Township home Aug. 11, 2010, allegedly prompted by a dispute over real estate in Florida.
Denny was struck by a single gunshot in the neck and died at the scene in his front yard.
Weinstock told the judge he once represented another man who could be called as a witness in Marr’s trial by the prosecution.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jim Herlihy said he supported the move because he didn’t want any issues to arise that might hinder the case.
“My goal is to try this case and try it once,” Herlihy said. “His removal is appropriate. It makes for a much clearer record.”
Wild said Weinstock should be relieved as defense attorney for Marr’s benefit as well.
“He is entitled to have totally independent counsel,” she said.
Marr, who is hard of hearing, followed the proceeding with the help of a courtroom stenographer and a monitor that displayed typed words.
The judge also told Weinstock, “I believe you would be putting yourself into a position for a possible conflict.”
Wild relieved Weinstock, meaning he is no longer Marr’s attorney, but he must still be represented by the Office of the Public Defender.
Wild set Marr’s next court date for June 13 to allow a new attorney time to review what Weinstock said is the extensive discovery, or evidence, in the case.
The trial had been set for July 1 and was expected to last three weeks.
Marr left New Jersey after the shooting and was arrested the next day in Volusia County, Fla. He was extradited to New Jersey and indicted in March 2011.
Marr also is charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon for allegedly having a .45-caliber handgun without a permit.
Marr was previously represented by attorney Jeffrey Wilson
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