Citing his need to further review a motion to set sentencing aside, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on Friday adjourned the case of convicted murderer Norman J. Pryor.
This was the third adjournment since Pryor's defense attorney, James M. Perry, submitted a handwritten motion from his client to cancel a jury verdict. Pryor alleges prosecutorial misconduct and perjury by a key witness.
Pryor, 27, of Niagara Falls, was found guilty Oct. 29 of the July 6, 2003, shooting death of Joshua Hunt, 19, of Niagara Falls. Police and prosecutors say the death occurred in a melee outside the former Dante's Ristorante on Pine Avenue shortly after Hunt killed Shaloin Smith of Niagara Falls.
A jailhouse informant said Pryor killed Hunt because Smith owed him $800 and Smith's death meant Pryor couldn't collect the debt.
Pryor faces 25 years to life in prison. The case will be back in court on May 27.