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Shooting trial postponed after juror injured in car accident

The trial of a San Miguel man accused of shooting a woman who was pregnant with his child was postponed Friday after a juror was injured in a car accident.

The female juror broke her arm in the accident, according to court officials. Both the prosecution and defense wanted to keep the woman on the jury instead of using an alternate, so the trial was delayed until 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Steven Smith, 27, is accused of shooting 35-year-old Gina Stanko in the head and hand with a 22-caliber gun on Nov. 6, 2009.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and burglary in the shooting of Stanko and their baby (unborn at the time) at her Paso Robles home Nov. 6, 2009.

Smith fired five shots, three of which struck Stanko in the skull, chin and hand, according to the prosecution.

Stanko said she was angry because Smith wasn’t taking responsibility for their child.

The baby was born six days after the shooting incident.

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