Man involved in a fatal drug shooting has one charge dismissed; still faces 11 felonies

NORWICH – A man charged with 12 felonies in connection with a fatal drug shoot-out appeared in court Friday after having one of his charges dismissed because of a change in state law.

James F. Bush, Burdick-Medbury Road, Town of Norwich, is charged with multiple gun felonies and one of the counts was dropped because of a recent legislature repeal, said District Attorney Joseph McBride.

Bush’s defense attorney, Thomas Cline, asked that several other counts on the indictment be reviewed by the court for dismissal, citing possible procedural discrepancies in their presentation to the grand jury.

McBride said he could not recall the specifics of the prosecution presentation made in September, but said his office follows a strict set of guidelines and had participated in similar grand jury proceedings many times before without incident.

“Your honor, I will let the grand jury minutes speak for themselves,” said McBride. The grand jury minutes are a detailed transcript kept during the indictment process that is a written record of anything presented to the jury.

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