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Son accused of fatally shooting father expected to be indicted next week

The paralyzed Cheektowaga man charged with fatally shooting his father earlier this month is expected to be indicted next week, his attorney said.

SirWilliam R. Hardy, 31, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of William Hardy, 54.

Joel L. Daniels, the son's lawyer, said evidence in the criminal case was presented to an Erie County grand jury this week and he expects his client will be arraigned next week when the grand jury reports its findings.

"We expect an indictment will be returned," Daniels said after Friday's court appearance. "Probably next week we will appear in court on the indictment."

William Hardy was shot inside his son's home on Whitney Place in the Emerald Gardens subdivision on April 3.

A forensic exam requested by the attorney who represented SirWilliam Hardy at his arraignment in Cheektowaga Town Court has not been completed. The Erie County District Attorney's Office asked Town Justice Dennis Gorski for a two-week adjournment to allow for more time for the exam to be completed.

The exam is used to determine whether a defendant is competent to stand trial. Daniels has said he is still considering whether to tell the court such an exam is not needed. The defense may also oppose having the exam's results be considered by the court.

Authorities have previously said they did not have an explanation for what precipitated the shooting.

Earlier this month, Daniels said SirWilliam Hardy and his father were "very close."

SirWilliam Hardy was paralyzed from the chest down as the result of a 2010 motorcycle crash.

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

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