- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man is scheduled to go on trial next week in a shooting death at a party last summer.

Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Ovalles of Wilkes-Barre on Monday re-affirmed his desire for a non-jury trial in Luzerne County.

Ovalles is charged with criminal homicide in the July 2013 death of 24-year-old Vaughn Kemp following an argument at a party in Wilkes-Barre.

He was out on bail on an unrelated attempted homicide charge at the time of the shooting.

A state appeals court recently ruled that prosecutors can use preliminary hearing testimony from a witness who later fled to the Dominican Republic.

Ovalles was convicted last year of attempted homicide and other counts in a January 2013 shooting and is now serving a 20- to 40-year prison sentence.

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