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Accused Falls gunman may have to change attorneys

LOCKPORT – Carl N. Lightfoot, charged with attempted murder after an exchange of gunfire with two Niagara Falls detectives Feb. 4, may have to change attorneys.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said from the bench Wednesday that a witness after the fact may have a history of being represented by the Public Defender’s Office. Another witness’ past connection with that office already forced the assignment of the case to Conflict Defender Dominic Saraceno.

After being told by prosecutors that the woman isn’t cooperating, Sheldon told Saraceno to find her and have her report to court next Wednesday, to discuss whether she will waive the conflict of interest. If she doesn’t show up, Sheldon said Saraceno will stay on the case.

Lightfoot, 34, of Fairfield Avenue in the Falls, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and several other charges.