CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A trial for a Wisconsin man charged in a 1997 Jefferson County, W.Va., shooting is expected to begin today in Moorefield, W.Va., about 90 miles southwest of here.
The trial for Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, was to begin in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Aug. 18, but was delayed when court officials could not seat enough jurors.
One reason a jury could not be seated was because several potential jurors read a newspaper story about a plea bargain offer that was made to Carr, officials said.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes decided to move the trial.
The shooting occurred on July 27, 1997, when a man at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market along U.S. 340 led a 5-year-old boy into a wooded area, according to witnesses. When confronted by family and friends of the boy, the man opened fire with a .32-caliber revolver, wounding three men, according to police and witnesses.