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Lawyer: Man Accused Of Shooting Neighbor Too Sick For Murder Trial

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A lawyer for an 83-year-old central Kentucky man accused of murdering his neighbor says the man is hospitalized and too ill to be in court when his trial resumes today.

Attorney Ephraim Helton told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Jack Caldwell would have to be brought into the courtroom in a hospital bed or gurney, hooked to an IV.

Caldwell was taken to a Danville hospital last week for treatment of dehydration and a staph infection. Helton says Caldwell isn't in a coma but is awake very little.

Caldwell is on trial in the death of 63-year-old Jim Trachsel (TRAK'-sel) in August 2004. The defense has said Caldwell shot in self-defense.

Judge Darren Peckler is considering whether to continue the trial.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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