Trial delayed for man charged in shooting

August 18, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The trial for a Wisconsin man charged in a 1997 Jefferson County, W.Va., shooting was delayed Tuesday when court officials could not seat enough jurors, officials said.

One reason enough jurors could not be seated was because several read a story in a local newspaper about a plea bargain offer that was made to Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

The concern was whether reading the story would taint prospective jurors' opinions of the case, said Crofford.

In addition, only 52 of 60 prospective jurors who had been called for selection showed up, said Crofford.

There will be a hearing today in Jefferson County Circuit Court to determine if the case should be tried elsewhere, court officials said.

Three men were injured in the shooting at the Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Flea Market.

The incident began when a man drove up to the flea market in a 1969 Ford Bronco at about 9:30 p.m. on July 27, 1997, and, according to witnesses, led a 5-year-old boy into a wooded area.


When confronted by family and friends of the boy, the man opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, wounding three men before he was wrestled to the ground, according to police and witnesses.

Carr was indicted on three counts of malicious wounding and one count of first-degree sexual assault, court officials said.

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