Illness Postpones Mass. Ex-Chief's Uzi Death Trial

The manslaughter trial of a former Massachusetts police chief charged in the death of an 8-year-old Connecticut boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after the defendant fell ill.

Edward Fleury's lawyer, Rosemary Curran Scapiccio, said in court that her client was hospitalized with an illness that may be stress-related.

Scapicchio told The Associated Press afterward that she could not disclose the nature of Fleury's illness because she didn't have his permission.

"He is inpatient at a medical facility," she said.

Hampden Superior Court Judge Peter Velis asked Scapicchio for medical documentation about Fleury's condition to determine when the trial can proceed. Jury selection began Tuesday.

The trial has been continued until a status conference scheduled for Dec. 15.

Fleury, a former Pelham police chief, co-sponsored the 2008 gun show where Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Connecticut, was fatally injured.

According to authorities, Bizilj lost control of the 9 mm micro Uzi submachine gun at the Westfield Sportsman's Club and accidentally shot himself in the head.

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