Judge enforces deadlines in shooting trial

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A Chittenden County judge says he will not delay the summer trial for Essex shooting suspect Christopher Williams, preventing the defense from calling a third witness to support its insanity defense.

Defense attorney Margaret Jansch has named the 29-year-old Williams of Essex and a Burlington psychologist as potential witnesses.

After failing to meet multiple deadlines about their intent to seek the insanity strategy, Williams’ lawyers this week proposed a third witness, a White River Junction psychologist.

But Judge George Crawford has ruled that the defense could not call that witness and the trial will go on as schedule.

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