Work by a defense expert continues ahead of a scheduled trial in an attempted murder case, the defense attorney said.

Work by a defense expert continues ahead of a scheduled trial in an attempted murder case, the defense attorney said.

James D. Thompson appeared with his attorney Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for a pretrial hearing.

Thompson, 30, is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated endangering a child.

Thompson is accused of shooting a man Aug. 28, 2015, following a vehicle collision on 10th Avenue in Leavenworth.

Thompson’s case had been scheduled to go to trial later this month. But a continuance was granted last month to allow more time for a new defense expert to review evidence ahead of the trial.

The trial is now scheduled for March 27.

Thompson’s attorney, Joel Rook, said Friday that he believes the expert will complete a report by a deadline of 30 days prior to the trial.

“I think we will have the report done on time,” he said.

Rook said the expert has asked to review additional evidence.

Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd, who is prosecuting the case, said prosecutors can provide many of the things being requested by the defense expert.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said he had signed an order permitting the expert to look at evidence.

He said the defense is requesting notes from testing conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Boyd said copies of reports from the KBI are available, but the prosecutor questioned whether the defense is entitled to the notes of the scientists.

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