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Mass. trial of dad charged in death of son delayed

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The trial of a Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating his 7-year-old son on Father's Day four years ago has been postponed because an expert defense witness is unavailable.

The murder trial of Leslie Schuler was scheduled to start next month in Worcester Superior Court, but a judge Wednesday changed it to Nov. 14.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/19LhgxI ) reports that defense attorney Alan Black told the judge a neuropathologist "crucial to the case" was unavailable from mid-July until Aug. 15 because of unchangeable vacation plans.

Authorities say the 40-year-old Schuler beat Nathaniel Turner on June 21, 2009, Father's Day. He died two days later.

Schuler has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say the boy lived with his grandmother in Eufaula, Ala., but came to Massachusetts to spend the summer with his father.

 

Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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