Trial related to August shooting delayed

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By John Barnhart

    Dennis Caldwell’s day in court to answer charges stemming from a shooting last summer, will be delayed. Judge James Updike agreed to the delay after Caldwell’s defense attorney appeared in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, to ask for a continuance.
    Caldwell, 61, allegedly shot his brother and his brother’s son, Aug. 15, 2011, the result of a feud that neighbors say had been going on for several years. The shooting led to a standoff that involved Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and State Police. The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department also sent units after smoke was noticed coming from the house.    
    Firefighters responding to the standoff pulled Caldwell from the fire at his home almost four hours after the 911 call about the shootings. They found him in the basement of the home, unconscious, with a .45-caliber pistol next to him. That gun is what police claim he used to allegedly shoot the two victims.
    The motion for a continuance was filed because a psychiatric evaluation that Caldwell’s defense had requested is not complete. His attorney said that he expects to have the report from the doctor by the middle of February.
    Judge Updike granted a continuance with an anticipated trial date of May 8. Caldwell remains in custody at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.