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A trial has been postponed for a man accused of firing a pistol in an altercation on Halloween night outside a downtown Corvallis supermarket.

Aran Finn Murphy, 30, faces two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon plus misdemeanor charges of menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and five counts of reckless endangerment.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was scheduled to go to trial starting Jan. 2.

But the trial was postponed by Judge Locke Williams in a hearing Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court to give the defense more time to prepare.

A new date for the 12-person jury trial has not yet been set.

Murphy is represented by Mike Flinn. Deputy Benton County District Attorney Andrew Jordan is representing the state.

According to court documents filed in the case, witnesses told police that Murphy pulled a semiautomatic handgun out of his backpack shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 31 after getting into a fight with another man, later identified as Jason Petersen, in the parking lot of the Safeway store at 450 SW Third St.

Witnesses stated that Murphy racked the slide on the pistol and approached Petersen, firing at least one bullet into the ground. The two men struggled over the gun and Petersen was able to wrestle it away from Murphy, who was taken into custody by police, the court documents said.

Murphy told police he pulled the pistol after Petersen pulled him off his bicycle and threatened him.

Petersen is not facing any charges in the case.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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