More than 100 Cambria County residents are to report Wednesday for the opening of jury selection in the murder trial of Dominic Berry, who is accused of fatally shooting a Johnstown teenager.
Berry, now 19, is accused of killing 19-year-old Desean Alston on Dec. 22, 2010, in the parking lot at the Solomon Homes housing project in Johnstown.
At the time, Berry, who was living in Johnstown, was 18.
He fled the city and was apprehended on Jan. 14, 2011, in Ohio, where he had formerly resided.
He was returned to Cambria County and lodged in the county prison without bond awaiting trial.
Prosecutors are not seeking a death sentence. Berry, if convicted of first-degree murder, would face a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Judge Linda Fleming, the trial judge, has set aside two days for jury selection, although it could go into a third day if necessary.
Jury selection will take place at the county courthouse, but the trial will be in the air-conditioned Johnstown Courtroom at the county-owned Central Park Complex in downtown Johnstown. Testimony is scheduled to open June 12.
District Attorney Kelly Callihan and Assistant District Attorney Wayne Langerholc are the prosecutors. The defense attorneys are John Lovette and David Raho.
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