Attorneys consider deal for killer |

Attorneys consider deal for killer

Prosecutors and the attorney for manslaughter defendant Erik Low acknowledged on Monday afternoon they are discussing a plea bargain, and a key hearing scheduled on Monday was put off to allow more time for the negotiations.

A preliminary hearing had been set for Monday. It did not occur, however, and another court date was scheduled for Dec. 1. A deal between Summit County Attorney David Brickey, the lead prosecutor, and Low’s attorney, Ken Brown, could be struck by then, the two sides said.

They declined to discuss the details of the negotiations. Brown said in an interview he does not want Low to serve additional prison time as part of an agreement.

Low shot and killed Michael Hirschey in 2003 after a night of partying and horseplay. He has maintained he was acting in self-defense. Low has been tried twice in the case. The jury in the first trial was unable to render a verdict, forcing a second trial. In the second one, the jury convicted Low of manslaughter. The conviction was overturned on appeal, resulting in the current proceedings.

Low has been imprisoned for approximately 5 1/2 years, according to Brickey. Bail is set at $250,000

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