- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man shot in a Vermont dispute about a possible heroin theft did not show up in court on a charge of possessing the drug and cocaine.

Joseph Atkinson was shot in the torso June 11 in Springfield, Vermont, allegedly over stolen drugs.

State police issued Atkinson a citation to appear in court Tuesday, but he wasn’t there. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1uO8Mzd) a judge approved Deputy Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill’s request to issue a warrant for Atkinson’s arrest and set bail at $10,000.

Cahill said in a phone call in late June, Atkinson’s mother indicated that her son is still recovering from the gunshot wound in New Jersey and didn’t understand why he needed to appear.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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