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James M. Perry of North Tonawanda took over Wednesday as the court-appointed lawyer for Niagara Falls murder suspect Norman J. Pryor.

Perry persuaded Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. to let him subpoena Pryor's parole file to see if anything helpful is in it. Pryor was out on parole at the time of the July 6, 2003 shooting death of Joshua Hunt, 19, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Prosectors allege that Pryor, 26, of Robinson Court, shot Hunt in a melee outside the former Dante's Restaurant on Pine Avenue.

Perry, whom the county will pay $75 an hour, was assigned after the public defender's office withdrew when two jailhouse informants surfaced to testify against Pryor. Both were public defender clients, creating a conflict of interest. A hearing on whether the informants' testimony is admissible was scheduled for Sept. 3.

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