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Man facing murder charge was 'very close' to father, says defense attorney

Attorneys for the Cheektowaga man charged with fatally shooting his father said Thursday they are still trying to piece together what happened inside their client's home Monday night.

Joel L. Daniels, attorney for SirWilliam R. Hardy, said after a court appearance that he's not sure about "everything that happened."

Daniels did say his client was "very close" with his father.

"They had a good father-son relationship," Daniels said. "That's why there does not seem to be any rational reason why Mr. Hardy would ever want to harm his father."

SirWilliam Hardy, 31, who is paralyzed from the chest down from a motorcycle accident, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of William Hardy, 54, police have said.

Police were called to SirWilliam Hardy's home on Whitney Place in the Emerald Gardens subdivision late Monday night.

Hardy is also being represented by defense attorney Cheryl Meyers Buth, who also appeared in court Thursday. Daniels said he and Meyers Buth just met with his client's family yesterday.

Family members declined to comment after the court appearance.

The defense attorney who appeared with Hardy during his arraignment requested a forensic exam, which is used to determine whether a defendant is competent to stand trial.

Daniels and Meyers Buth on Thursday told Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis T. Gorski they have not decided whether they believe such an exam should be performed.

"We're not certain that a forensic will be necessary here," Daniels said.

The exam hasn't been conducted yet, and Daniels said the defense team may decide to tell the court it's not needed. It's possible they may have to formally oppose the request for the exam, he said.

"We can oppose the request for the forensic and ask the court to just inform forensic that it may not be necessary," he said. "But that's a decision that will be made down the road."

Hardy is scheduled to appear in court April 21.

Cheektowaga man charged with father's slaying not cooperating with police

SirWilliam Hardy was scheduled to appear in Cheektowaga Town Court Thursday morning, according to police, but he was not able to come to court, authorities said.

Hardy "was not medically cleared for transport today," a spokesman for the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

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