State’s High Court Will Decide Whether To Pay For Defense Experts In Branford Shooting

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The state Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state should pay for defense experts in the trial of a former doctor charged with murdering a Yale University physician.

The New Haven Register reports  the justices will hear arguments in Lishan Wang’s case between Oct. 21 and Nov. 1.

The issue is whether defendants who are eligible for public defenders but insist on representing themselves are entitled to state funding for investigators and expert witnesses.

Wang is accused of fatally shooting fellow doctor Vajinder Toor in Branford in 2010. Police say the shooting stemmed from a dispute the men had while working together at a New York City hospital.

Wang qualified for a public defender but won permission to represent himself at trial in New Haven Superior Court.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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