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FARMINGTON – Marcus McGee, accused of attempted second-degree murder in connection to a shooting on New Year's Day, requested Wednesday that his preliminary examination hearing be delayed one week while he secures legal counsel.

McGee, 41, of Farmington, was represented at the magistrate court hearing by a public defender, who indicated that McGee may retain a private attorney to represent him in the case.

McGee is accused of shooting a 59-year-old man several times during the early-morning hours on Jan. 1 at a residence at 1204 N. Wall Ave.

Police have not identified the victim, and McGee's case has been sealed through a court order, but Norma Jean Phillips — a resident of 1204 N. Wall Ave. — identified the victim as her long-term boyfriend, Shah Malik.

A neighbor on North Wall Avenue, who asked not to be identified due to concerns for his safety, told The Daily Times last week Malik stumbled to his residence after being shot several times and collapsed in the foyer of his home.

"I asked him right away, 'Are you shot? Who shot you?'" the neighbor said. "He said, 'Marcus, Marcus shot me four times.'"

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