A judge on Thursday adjourned the sentencing of Darshawn Morris for the rape, slaying and attempted dismemberment of a 13-year-old girl after a party last summer in his East Side apartment.
The adjournment came after defense attorneys Robert Cutting and Emily Trott filed a motion Tuesday, asking for a new trial based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
James F. Bargnesi, chief of the Erie County district attorney’s homicide bureau, said he had received the motion 36 hours before the sentencing, which he said was not enough time to respond to it in writing. He asked for an adjournment.
State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller adjourned the case until May 14.
A jury last month convicted Morris, 21, of second-degree murder, second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act in the Sept. 1 attack on Lanasha Rollerson after the party in his Hagen Street apartment. Her body was found with more than 60 stab wounds Sept. 3 in a garage on the property behind his apartment. He faces up to 37 years to life in prison.