Trial set in case of sucker punch of man with cerebral palsy

The Associated Press

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A man accused of having sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy after mocking him is scheduled for trial Monday after the apparent collapse of a plea deal.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Barry Robert Baker Jr. was expected to enter guilty pleas to simple assault and flight to avoid apprehension in the May 10 assault outside a West Chester convenience store that was caught on surveillance video.

But the deal fell apart Wednesday after Baker said in court that he disagreed with a summary of the case.

In an afternoon hearing, he said he agreed with the account, but the Chester County judge questioned whether that decision would stand and said he would schedule a Monday trial at which Baker could challenge prosecutors, especially over whether the two men had previous contact that night.