- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey man is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in the slaying of a man found shot to death at an apartment complex.

Lenny Ross Jr. of Pleasantville had pleaded guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter in the Christmas Eve 2011 shooting, just as opening arguments were due to start in his murder trial. He was due to be sentenced Friday and faced up to 30 years in prison.

But The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1gXKekx) reports the hearing was canceled after Ross‘ attorney, Jeff Wilson, told state Superior Court Judge Michael Donio that Ross wanted to rescind his plea. The judge scheduled a March 14 hearing to consider the request.

Speaking outside the courtroom, Wilson would not say why Ross sought to rescind his plea.

Authorities have said the 31-year-old Ross shot 28-year-old Steven Gurss Jr. of Somers Point after they were involved in a dispute on Christmas Eve 2011. Gurss, who was shot inside a car, died the next day.

Another defendant in the case, Teonka Williams of Pleasantville, was also due to be sentenced Friday. But that was also canceled due to Ross‘ change of heart.

The 28-year-old Williams pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension for giving investigators false information during the investigation. She faces probation and is not trying to withdraw her plea.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com