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Closing arguments slated in 2016 slaying in hotel room

June 8, 2019

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of a Pennsylvania man charged in the shooting death of a sleeping co-worker in a New Jersey hotel room 2½ years ago.

The (Altoona) Mirror reports that Cumberland County Prosecutor Charles Wettstein rested his case on Wednesday, and defense attorney Joel Aronow called his last witness Thursday.

Prosecutors allege that 36-year-old Larry John Pulcine Jr. shot 33-year-old Ivan “Scott” Strayer at the Wingate Inn in Vineland, where the two were staying for work, in October 2016.

Wettstein has called the circumstantial evidence overwhelming. Defense attorney Joel Aronow says there’s no evidence his client was the shooter, although his gun was used, and questions why no one heard the shots.

Pulcine, who didn’t testify, has been jailed since he was indicted in 2017.

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