WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Trial has begun for a Florida man in one among three separate slayings he’s accused of committing throughout a brief interval in 2017.
Jury choice started final week in West Palm Beach in the case of 37-year-old Jonathan Gray Shuler. This trial is in regards to the killing of Junior Petit-Bien, 34, who was shot 13 instances inside his father’s dwelling on Feb 3, 2017.
A choose beforehand rejected a “stand your floor” protection for Shuler, who had been renting a room on the Petit-Bien dwelling earlier than the slaying. The SunSentinel reported Sunday that Shuler’s attorneys nonetheless plan to assert self-defense.
Shuler is charged individually with the taking pictures demise of 49-year-old Scott Osterman in his Lake Worth dwelling in January 2017 and the deadly beating of 32-year-old Arcenio Alvarez in March 2017 at a Deerfield Beach development web site the place they each labored.
The Osterman slaying, for which prosecutors are in search of the demise penalty, is about for trial in April. The subsequent listening to in the Alvarez case is Sept. 10.
Shuler’s attorneys claimed months in the past that he had suffered a psychological well being breakdown whereas awaiting trial, however a choose dominated he’s competent to face trial.
Authorities haven’t labeled Shuler as a suspected serial killer regardless of the a number of murders.
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