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Worcester rooming house shooting trial scheduled to start

August 15, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a security guard at a Worcester rooming house charged with shooting and killing a facility custodian is expected to start this week.

Testimony in Howard Penn’s first-degree murder trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court. Jury selection wrapped up Thursday.

Prosecutors say the 56-year-old Penn shot 52-year-old Lloyd Worster after an altercation in the security office at the Albion rooming house in January 2014. Authorities say Worster suffered a single gunshot wound to the back.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that jurors will see a surveillance video that shows the fight and shooting.

Penn has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer has said the shooting was in self-defense.

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