Frederick Marr, in court in July 2011, is charged in the killing of his nephew and Del Haven resident Ronald Denny.

Dale Gerhard

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Accused killer Frederick Marr made a brief court appearance Thursday as the murder case against him moves closer to a trial date.

Marr, 73, is charged with shooting his nephew, Ronald Denny Sr., on Aug. 11, 2010.

Denny, 50, was found dead in the front yard of his home in the Del Haven section of Middle Township that afternoon and the search for Marr began soon after.

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Marr, who lived in the Villas section of Lower Township, left the state and was arrested the following day in Volusia County, Fla. After waiving extradition, he was brought back to Cape May County.

On Thursday, Marr's defense attorney, Jeffrey Wilson, told Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten that he had received an audit detailing the discovery, or evidence, in the case and that he was still waiting for some items on that list.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jim Herlihy, who is now handling the case, said Wilson would have those items the same day or as early as possible.

Wilson said he expected it would take two weeks to review the additional materials and Batten set the next court date for Jan. 31.

At that time, a date is likely to be set that will finally place the murder case on the trial list by this spring.

Marr was indicted on March 22, 2011, on a charge of murder.

The Prosecutor's Office has said that Denny, a corrections officer at Southern State Correctional Facility in Maurice River Township and a father of three, was shot once in the neck and he died at the scene, outside his 10th Street home.

Prosecutors have not talked about what led to the shooting, but at the time of Marr's extradition, a Florida news station said the shooting was connected to a real estate deal. Denny and Marr reportedly co-owned a property in Florida.

Hundreds of people attended Denny’s funeral including many of his fellow corrections officers.

On Thursday, Marr remained in the Cape May County Correctional Center in lieu of $1 million bail.

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