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Shelton sentencing delayed
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MONROE - Sentencing for a Brodhead man convicted of killing his 2-month-old son was postponed for at least three months Wednesday after his attorney said she needed to see the transcripts of the trial.

Casey J. Shelton, 33, was scheduled for sentencing March 18. He was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide Jan. 17 in the death of his son, Christopher, Feb. 28, 2007, at a Decatur township residence. He faces up to 40 years in prison and 20 years extended supervision.

The court scheduled a May 5 status hearing for the case and said Shelton could be sentenced a month later.

Shelton's new attorney, Katherine Findley, told Green County Circuit Court Judge James Beer she hasn't had time to look at all of the evidence from the trial and hasn't seen transcripts from the trial. The court reporters haven't had time to transcribe all of the testimony from the trial, Findley told Beer.

"We can't go to a sentencing hearing without knowing what the heck happened (at the trial)," Findley told Beer.

Shelton was represented at the murder trial by Michael Murphy, but Murphy asked to be allowed to withdraw from the case in January after Shelton made comments to third parties which were critical of Murphy's abilities as a defense attorney.

Findley said she received items from Murphy last week but said the transcripts from the trial have not been completed. She wants to be able to read the transcripts before she represents Shelton at his sentencing hearing.

Findley also told Beer a separate trial for Shelton, in which he is charged with child abuse in connection to injuries sustained by his son, Christopher's twin brother, Charles, in 2007, would have to be delayed as well.

Findley told Beer she didn't want a rush to judgment in the second trial and said she would need time to prepare her case.

In the second case, Shelton is charged with two counts of child abuse, one a class G felony and the other a class H felony. He faces up to 16 years in prison and up to $25,000, if convicted.

Shelton remains jailed. His bond was revoked after the jury found him guilty Jan. 17.