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Updated: 10/19/2013 08:00:03AM

Murder trial on hold

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Michael W. Rice

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — A judge on Friday delayed the murder trial of a South Carolina man until next year so state prosecutors can adequately prepare for an insanity defense filed by the man’s lawyers in August.

Michael W. Rice, 24, of Seneca, S.C., was charged with first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault after authorities say he shot a man in the head at point-blank range at a hotel pool bar in Osprey on May 26, 2012.

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