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Attempted murder trial delayed for mental evaluation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The trial for a Dunbar man accused of attempted murder has been delayed.

Lamont Van Harris, 39, was indicted by a Kanawha Grand Jury after he allegedly shot Travis Bush, 30, multiple times in Sept. 2011 at a convenience store in Institute.  Bush survived the shooting but is now confined to a wheelchair.

At a pre-trial hearing last week, Harris was removed from the courtroom after he became angry and cursed at Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey. The judge has denied a request for a new court-appointed attorney.

On Monday, defense attorney Jesse Forbes asked that the trial scheduled for this week be postponed so Harris could undergo a mental evaluation for competency. The judge granted that motion and the new trial date is Aug. 5.

Harris was on federal parole when the shooting occurred. Last year he was sentenced in United State District Court to ten years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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