Trial for O’Connor moved to later date |

Trial for O’Connor moved to later date

The trial of Thomas O’ Connor has been moved from November to sometime in February, but it may be pushed back to even later in the year.

The delay occurred for two reasons: the defense attorney is still in the process of obtaining a large number of documents crucial to his case, and the District Attorney’s office has limited resources and has another murder case, the Newport case, set for trial early next year.

“The materials I’m going to receive are immense and I’m going to need a considerable amount of time to go through them to properly defend my client,” said Jordan Morgenstern, court-appointed lawyer for O’ Connor. “Much of the materials would hopefully assist in defending that he was unable to comprehend the consequence of his actions.”

O’ Connor pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder of 16-year-old Brad Parent. The shooting occurred Feb. 9, 2000, when O ‘ Connor shot Parent point blank in the chest. He died at Barton Memorial Hospital later that day.

The night of the shooting Parent and three teen-age girls had gone to O’ Connor’s apartment to hang out. At the residence, the group toyed with the gun, handcuffs and baton O’ Connor used as a guard.

Police reported that psych-out games got more serious when O’Connor reportedly loaded a bullet into the gun, pointed it at Parent, pulled the trigger five times until it fired.

O’Connor believed he could squeeze the trigger five times without firing the bullet, police said.

El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said if O’ Connor is convicted of second degree murder and the weapon enhancement charge filed against him he could be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.

O’ Connor has been in jail with no possibility of bail since Parent was killed.

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