- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - A man accused of shooting and injuring a northwestern Alabama sheriff’s deputy earlier this year has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an attempted murder charge.

News outlets report an attorney for 35-year-old Timothy Murphy of Florence entered the pleas Tuesday in a Lauderdale County court.

Authorities say Lauderdale County Deputy Randall McCrary was serving Murphy with commitment papers on Feb. 3 when Murphy shot him. McCrary fired back, injuring Murphy.

McCrary spent six days in the hospital recovering from the gunshot.

Murphy’s trial has been scheduled for Aug. 15. The TimesDaily of Florence (https://bit.ly/1TxdbqS ) reports that Murphy also entered the same not guilty pleas Tuesday on his charge of domestic violence strangulation.

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