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NE Pa. man waives jury trial in party slaying

June 10, 2014
Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man charged in a shooting death at a northeastern Pennsylvania party last summer has waived his right to a jury trial.

A Luzerne County judge is scheduled to hear the case against 20-year-old Joshua Ovalles of Wilkes-Barre next month after the defendant's request for a bench trial was granted Monday.

Ovalles faces an open count of criminal homicide in the July 7 death of 24-year-old Vaughn Kemp following an argument at a party in Wilkes-Barre.

Ovalles was out on bail on a separate attempted homicide charge at the time of the shooting.

He was convicted last month of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and a firearms count and is scheduled to be sentenced July 1NE.



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