GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a man charged in connection with a slaying at a Gloucester funeral home 36 years ago has been delayed because he is ill.
Authorities tell the Gloucester Daily Times (http://bit.ly/VOvGYe ) the trial of 55-year-old Norman Pike scheduled for March has been moved to June because he’s experiencing internal bleeding in jail and is unable to assist his lawyer in his defense.
Prosecutors say Pike was one of three men who participated in a December 1976 robbery at the home that was interrupted by Eleanor Wadsworth, the manager. She was shot.
Pike, the grandson of the home’s owner who was 19 at the time, and a second man are charged with first-degree murder. They were arrested in 2010. The third suspect has died.
Pike has pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, http://www.gloucestertimes.com