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Calmer attempts suicide on eve of death penalty hearing, attorney says

Christopher Calmer walks into Monroe County Superior courtroom with a large bandage on his neck Friday morning. Calmer who is charged in the shooting death of a Monroe County deputy, tried to kill himself on Thursday, his attorney said in court Friday.
Christopher Calmer walks into Monroe County Superior courtroom with a large bandage on his neck Friday morning. Calmer who is charged in the shooting death of a Monroe County deputy, tried to kill himself on Thursday, his attorney said in court Friday. The Telegraph

Christopher Calmer, the man charged in the shooting death of a Monroe County deputy, tried to kill himself on Thursday, his attorney said in court Friday.

It’s unclear how Calmer attempted to take his life. Calmer entered the hearing in Monroe County Superior Court with a large bandage on his neck.

He has been held at the Crisp County jail as he awaits trial.

His attorney, Gabrielle Pittman, asked that Crisp County authorities be required to provide records from the attempt and that Monroe County deputies provide surveillance video recorded of Calmer as he spent the night there Thursday before being brought to court Friday.

Jury selection for Calmer’s trial is set to begin with jury selection in May, followed by testimony beginning June 5.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

The defense filed a motion Friday arguing that Calmer should be granted immunity from prosecution under the state’s “stand your ground” law.

They contend Calmer was “defending his life, property or the life of a third party” when he fatally shot deputy Michael Norris and wounded deputy Jeff Wilson Sept. 13, 2014, as they responded to a report of a suicidal person at the home of Calmer’s parents near Bolingbroke.

A judge is set to consider the motion at an April 21 hearing.

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Amy Leigh Womack: 478-744-4398, @awomackmacon

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