Hearing delayed for San Miguel man accused of shooting his wife

John A. Norris, 24-year-old San Miguel man accused of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife, had his preliminary hearing delayed Thursday.

Norris told authorities that he accidentally shot his 24-year-old wife, Tasha Dawn Norris, in July.

Norris’ attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said that his client was ill and advised him not to attend the hearing – which led to the postponement in Judge Michael Duffy’s courtroom.

The pre-preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Nov. 10 and the preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Deputy District Attorney Matt Kerrigan said that he has filed an amended complaint that adds the charge of possession of an assault weapon to Norris’ involuntary manslaughter allegation.

Judge Michael Duffy is expected to consider allowing the new charge in November.

Norris also faces a driving under the influence charge; the next hearing for that allegation is Nov. 10, attorneys said Thursday.

Norris was arrested on suspicion of a DUI on Highway 101 near San Miguel a couple of weeks after the alleged shooting of his wife, according to prosecutors.

--Nick Wilson