LISBON - The Feb. 17 trial date of murder suspect Jack C. "JC" Amato Jr. is likely to be rescheduled after his attorneys filed a motion in county Common Pleas Court seeking a continuance.
Defense attorneys James Hartford and Nicholas Amato are requesting a continuance of the trial date for two reasons, according to their motion. First, the defense crime scene expert is unavailable to testify the week of the trial as currently scheduled. They also said there has been a development in regard to a new potential witness "that bares investigation." The motion didn't go into any further detail.
Judge C. Ashley Pike is expected to schedule a hearing before deciding whether to grant the motion, which he is likely to do given the circumstances of the request.
Amato Jr., 37, is charged with allegedly murdering his wife, Tonia, on July 1, 2007, at their Wellsville home. Amato Jr. has admitted shooting his 25-year-old wife but claims it was in self-defense after she shot at him with a handgun during an argument.