Trial of Chicopee man charged in teen’s death set to start
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts man charged with shooting and killing a teenager he thought was trying to break into his home is set to begin.
Jury selection in the trial of 44-year-old Jeffrey Lovell, of Chicopee, is scheduled to start Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.
Lovell is charged with killing 15-year-old Dylan Francisco in July 2016.
Prosecutors say the teen and a friend confused Lovell’s home with a nearby friend’s home. Prosecutors say Francisco was banging on the door and yelling the friend’s name, which he would not do in a burglary.
Investigators say Lovell fired a shot through the door when Francisco broke one of its glass panes.
Lovell’s attorney says his client’s daughters and wife were at home and he acted in self-defense.