Published: Jan 11, 2011 5:48 PM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2011 2:48 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The trial in the death of an 8-year-old boy who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun has been delayed while Massachusetts' highest court decides a legal issue regarding a prosecution witness.

A Superior Court judge in Springfield said Tuesday that a ruling from the Supreme Judicial Court should be available by late morning in the case of former Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury. He's charged with manslaughter in the death of Christopher Bizilj (buh-SEEL') of Ashford, Conn., who shot himself with a 9 mm micro Uzi at a gun show.

Fleury's company had co-sponsored the show.

 Fleury's lawyer says the judge wouldn't allow the testimony of Jim Spielman, who also brought his son to the gun fair, for undisclosed reasons. The prosecutor is appealing that ruling.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)