THE BRONX - The trial of Nicholas Morris, who is accused of murdering a toddler two years ago, was declared a mistrial Monday.

According to attorneys, the court decided to put the case on hold because new information from witnesses and some physical evidence call for further investigation.

"Obviously we maintain what we've said all along," said defense attorney Bruce Barket. "That Nicholas is not the man who did the shooting."

Morris is charged with murder of 2-year-old David Pacheco, Jr., who was struck by a stray bullet while sitting in his parents' minivan on Easter Sunday in 2006. Morris has been in prison since the incident.

Another man, Ronnell Gilliam, is also charged with murder. His case is awaiting trial and his lawyer said he hopes the new investigation will clear his client of the charges as well.

The case is expected back in court around May 14 - , after the new investigation is completed.

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