Trial resumes for man in hotel slaying of sleeping co-worker

May 27, 2019

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Trial resumes this week for 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 proceedings are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday, and Cumberland County prosecutors say they could rest their case early next week.

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.

Assistant Prosecutor Charles Wettstein has called the circumstantial evidence overwhelming. Defense attorney Joel Aronow acknowledges that his client’s gun was used but says there’s no evidence that he was the shooter — and he questions why no one heard the shots.

Pulcine has been jailed since he was indicted in 2017.

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