CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Murder suspect Frederick G. Marr will go on trial this summer in connection with the 2010 shooting death of his nephew Ronald Denny Sr.
Jury selection is expected to begin July 1 for what Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten said would be a three-week trial.
During a pretrial conference Monday morning, Marr, who is hard of hearing, sat in a wheelchair and followed the proceeding with the help of a courtroom stenographer and a monitor that displayed typed words as Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten spoke.
Marr, 73, allegedly shot Denny, 50, outside Denny’s Middle Township home on Aug. 11, 2010.
The single gunshot struck Denny in the neck and he died at the scene in his front yard, prosecutors said.
The shooting was apparently prompted by a dispute over real estate in Florida. Marr fled New Jersey after Denny’s death and was arrested the next day in Volusia County, Fla. He was extradited to New Jersey and indicted in March 2011.
According to the indictment, Marr “did purposely or knowingly kill Ronald Denny” or inflict serious bodily injury leading to his death.
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.
Batten said the trial would likely take place for three days each week and run at least three weeks subject to the availability of witnesses — some of whom will be coming from out of state — and the possibility of another criminal judge assisting in the county.
Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild will hear the case because Batten is moving to the Chancery Division of state Superior Court at the end of this month.
Batten noted that because a trial date has been set, any plea negotiations have ceased in the case.
Marr is represented by attorney Jeffrey Wilson. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jim Herlihy is handling the case for the state.
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