It took only a half a day to select a jury, which is rare in a murder trial, and as soon as the final juror was selected Monday afternoon testimony was presented in the Schuylkill County courthouse against Juliius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, who is charged with the fatal shooting of Bruce L. Forker in his home in Shenandoah on March 16, 2010.
The trial also will probably be the final case District Attorney James P. Goodman will be prosecuting as he will be steping up from the counsel chair to seat on the Schuylkill County bench in January. He won both nominations in the May primary to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge D. Michael Stine, who now serves as a senior judge. Goodman will be unopposed on the ballot in the General Election n November, unless a strong write in vote materializes but so far there is no such indication.
Judge Jacqueline Russell is presiding.
The first and only witness Monday was Kasa Brennan, 26, who testified two black men forced their way into her home the early morning hours that day and shot and killed Forker and also took a large sum of money. She could not identify the shooter. She testified she heard a "bang" and saw Forker laying on his side with blood gushing from a wound to his head. She could not identify the shooter.
Under questioning by Enoe's attorney, Robert J. Kirwan II, of Reading, she admitted Folker was involved in illegal drugs. Brennan was on the stand when court recessed for the day.
This is the second time Enoe is being tried. The first trial ended in a mis-trial as a jury, after many hours of delilberation, could not agree on a verdict. This time Goodman is not seeking the death penalty. Enoe stands trial on charges of criminal homicide, conspiracy, burglary, theft, simple assault, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Information filed to court by state police at Frackville, who investigated the murder, claim Enoe and his nephew, Jahmal Ollivirre, 21, of Reading, broke into the home of Forker's fiancee, took him upstairs where he was shot and fled with about $5,000 in cash.