A trial will be held early next year over an incident where a man was allegedly shot in the face with a sawn-off shotgun at a unit in Holmwood Cross, Albury.
Joseph Dawson will be arraigned before the District Court in Albury on February 4 after pleading not guilty to recklessly cause grievous bodily harm.
He entered the plea in Albury Local Court after a Director of Public Prosecutions representative withdrew the more serious charge of shoot at with the intention of murder.
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The Albury man, who will turn 24 at the end of the month, was arrested at a home in Thurgoona 10 hours after the alleged shooting on Sunday, May 2.
Paramedics were called to the scene about 5am, with reports the alleged victim could be heard crying out in pain near the front of his home.
The man, 24, was treated at the scene then taken to Albury hospital, but later had to be transferred to a Melbourne hospital for surgery on injuries to his neck and face.
The injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Dawson will also no longer face charges of discharge a firearm with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm, possess an unregistered firearm/prohibited weapon and use an unregistered firearm/prohibited weapon.
But magistrate Richard Funston committed Dawson for sentence, again before the District Court, on a charge of possess a loaded firearm in a non-public place, following a plea of guilty.
Dawson remains in custody, bail refused.
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