Pleasantville man wants to rescind plea in 2011 shooting of Somers Point man - Courts

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Pleasantville man wants to rescind plea in 2011 shooting of Somers Point man

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 10:07 pm

Lenny R. Ross Jr.’s murder trial was set to begin when he pleaded guilty last month. On Friday, he tried to take that back.

Ross, 31, is accused of shooting Steven Gurss Jr., 28, as the Somers Point man sat in his car in Pleasantville’s Marina del Rey apartments Christmas Eve night 2011. Gurss died the next day.

Ross was set to be sentenced under a plea agreement that could put him in prison for as long as 30 years.

But the Pleasantville man now wants to rescind his plea, defense attorney Jeff Wilson told the judge Friday morning, as the victim’s family members waited for their chance to address the court.

A hearing will be held March 14, when Judge Michael Donio will decide whether Ross can take back his plea and go to trial.

Outside the courtroom, Wilson said such motions are tough ones to win. He would not say why his client changed his mind.

Last month, Ross admitted to shooting Gurss during an altercation between the two men.

At that time, Teonka Williams, 28, of Pleasantville, also pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension for giving investigators false information during the investigation.

Williams' sentencing was also postponed because of the new hearing. She faces probation and is not trying to withdraw her plea.

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