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RUSSO MURDER TRIAL AGAIN POSTPONED

A Chautauqua County murder trial, already much delayed, has been postponed again.

District Attorney James Subjack said Tuesday this time the trial of Carmen Russo of Newell Road in Sheridan is off indefinitely.

The reason is a declaration by Russo's counsel, Paul Cambria of Buffalo, that he has a conflict of interest. Cambria said the conflict surfaced during a pretrial disclosure of witness statements last week.

Cambria's application to be relieved as counsel was approved Tuesday. Daryl Brautigam, a Fredonia attorney who was once an assistant district attorney, was appointed to replace him.

Russo, charged with second-degree murder in the 1993 stabbing death of his wife, Sherryl, told the Chautauqua County Court he is indigent and cannot afford a lawyer.

Subjack said: "Conceivably, the case could go to trial in May, but my guess would be there is no way Daryl Brautigam could properly be in a position to represent Mr. Russo on such short notice and be prepared for trial."

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