A Manhattan judge has delayed the larceny trial of philanthropist Brooke Astor's son to give prosecutors more time to prepare.
Justice A. Kirke Bartley delayed until March 2 the trial of 84-year-old Anthony Marshall, who's Astor's son, and for 65-year-old codefendant Francis Morrissey.
Prosecutors said they were unprepared for trial because defense lawyers had moved to sever Morrissey's case from Marshall's. The prosecutors said Friday they hadn't been sure how many defendants would be tried.
Bartley denied the request to give Morrissey a separate trial.
Marshall's lawyer Kenneth Warner says it is "disgraceful and wrong" that prosecutors are "running away from a trial date" when his ailing client was indicted 15 months ago.