Shooter To Go To Trial

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The Payson man accused of shooting his then-girlfriend about a year ago decided Wednesday morning to take the case to trial.

Frederick Parra Ortiz, now 19, is accused of discharging a gun, which resulted in Susan Crim being shot in the neck. The result of the gunshot left Crim, now 18, a quadriplegic for life. The shot hit Crim in the neck, severing her spine.

In September, Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill rejected a plea deal that could have given Ortiz a year in jail with probation. Under that plea agreement, the felony could have eventually been reduced to a misdemeanor.

After the plea was rejected, Chief Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman modified the plea so the felony would not have been reduced to a misdemeanor.

Ortiz's attorney, David Bednar, in October asked Superior Court Judge Robert Duber for more time so he could discuss the plea with his client and Ortiz's family.

On Wednesday, Ortiz rejected that plea and opted to go to trial.

Wortman said the trial is set for March 7 in Globe with a trial conference scheduled for Feb. 20.

According to police reports, the shooting was accidental. Crim initially told investigators the shooting was an accident, but in a later interview told police it was an intentional shooting.

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