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John A. Norris, a 24-year-old San Miguel man accused of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife.
John A. Norris, a 24-year-old San Miguel man accused of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of his wife. Tribune

San Luis Obispo

A hearing to determine whether involuntary manslaughter charges would be re-filed against a San Miguel man charged with killing his wife was postponed until Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

A San Luis Obispo Superior Court jury deadlocked after a June trial accusing 25-year-old John Aaron Norris in the shooting death of Tasha Dawn Norris.

John Norris said the shooting was accidental and that he was trying to secure the gun. The prosecution argued he was criminally negligent.

The jury voted 9 to 3 in favor of not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a semiautomatic weapon in his home.

Monday’s hearing will be in Judge Michael Duffy’s courtroom.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

Businesses, unions and local governments are being urged to take advantage of the federal government’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, which helps provide people ages 55 and 64 with health care coverage.

The program was created to help early retirees in that age group, who are not yet eligible for Medicare, to keep their employer-sponsored insurance, according to an announcement by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

The program reimburses employment-based plans for up to 80 percent of claim costs for each early retiree, his or her spouse, or his or her dependents, according to Capps’ office.

She added that it is important to be hasty when seeking the benefit, because applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Application materials will be made available at www.capps.house.gov.

— Bob Cuddy

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