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Barbara Sheehan’s hearing is postponed

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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:00 am

Prosecutors postponed the opening hearing in the case against Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who fatally shot her ex-NYPD husband last year after allegedly sustaining almost two decades of physical and emotional abuse.

The hearing, which was set to take place Wednesday morning, has been rescheduled for Tuesday in Queens. According to sources, Sheehan’s attorney, Michael Dowd, has until the end of the week to decide how to proceed after Justice Arthur Cooperman ruled that the defendant, 48, would be restricted from including psychiatric testimony as part of her defense.

Dowd has called the judge’s decision “crippling.”

Sheehan, who is out on bail and is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of weapon possession for killing Raymond Sheehan last February at their home, now faces the challenge of proving she suffered post-tramautic stress and anxiety common among women who are victims of long-term abuse.

Residents wishing to show their support or voice their concern for Sheehan have been encouraged to write a letter to the District Attorney’s office or attend Sheehan’s court trial.

— Lisa Fogarty

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