WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of having gunned down another man following a dispute at a basketball game has been ordered to stand trial.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice (http://bit.ly/14K4iyQ ) says 36-year-old Shauntae Thomas of Wilkes-Barre was formally arraigned on Thursday in Luzerne County.
Senior Judge Joseph Augello has denied defense moves to toss out counts of first- and third-degree murder, saying it will be up to a jury to decide.
Defense attorney Peter Moses has said the April 25 shooting death of 40-year-old Derrick Cottle was a "heat of passion" action and could only be manslaughter at most.
Prosecutors said the victim was fleeing when he was shot in the back of the head.
Moses said Thursday that his client wants a jury trial.
Information from: The Citizens' Voice, http://www.citizensvoice.com