- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) - A death penalty trial is scheduled next month in the shooting death of a man found in the trunk of a burned car in Pennsylvania more than two years ago.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (https://bit.ly/2hqyAUB ) reports that jury selection begins Jan. 9 for the trial of 20-year-old Jonta Bishop of Hagerstown, Maryland, with opening statements slated for Jan. 17.

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek capital punishment if Bishop is convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2014 death of 36-year-old James Deenen Jr.

Authorities allege that the slaying occurred during a marijuana purchase, and Bishop shot the Hyndman resident in the back of the head, stuffed his body in the trunk and set fire to the vehicle.

A defense attorney earlier argued that the shooting was in self-defense.


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