Speaking in a soft, low key voice which displayed very little emotion and which a jury seated only five feet away from the witness stand had to lean forward to hear his testimony, Julius C. Enoe, 32, of Reading, testified in his own defense Thursday in Schuylkill County court and denied he killed Bruce L. Forker in a shooting which took place at Forker's home in Shenandoah in the early morning hours of March 16, 2010.
"I was not in Shenandoah that morning, I did not drive the car, I did not know Forker and I did not know where he lived," he told the jury. This was in contradiction of the two Commonwealth witnesses, Jahmal Ollivirre, 21, of Reading, a nephew of the defendent and Damon L. Ennett, Freeland, who remained outside the Forker home as the getaway driver.
Ollivirre testified he and his uncle entered the home with their faces covered, wearing hats pulled down to their eyebrows and wore gloves. Ollilvirre testified they came to commit a burglary and roberry and in the commission of the robberty his uncle placed the gun against the back of Forker's head and shot him.
Ennett testified when the two returned to the car Enoe had a gun in his hand and when he asked why he shot him that the answer was that he did not mean to shoot him.
Emmett and Ollilvirre both admitted they reached deals with the Commonwealth on sentencing for their participation in the burglary. Ollivirre said he is to received a sentence of 15 to 30 years and Ennett 13 to 27 years.
The jury went out around the noon hour today to begin diliberating and must decide who is telling the truth.
District Attorney James P. Goodman, who prosecuted the case, is asking for a verdict of murder in the first degree. Enoe's attorney, Robert J. Kirwan II, of Reading, claims there is no evidence to find his client guilty of murder one.
There was more conflicting testimony.
Enoe claims he never met Forker but Ennett testified that Enoe came with him a number of times to Shenandoah when he sold drugs to Forker who in turn sold to users in Shenandoah and surrounding area. Enoe insisted he still never met Forker.
Enoe story was his nephew, Ollivirre, borrowed his car the evening of March 15 and did not return it until around 5 a.m. the next day. There was testimony the robbery and shooting occurred after 2 a.m. Enoe said he and his nephew later that day went to New York later that day.
Enoe denied he was fleeing but went to New York to attend a drug treatment class. He claimed when he learned of Forker's death he returned immediately to Pennsylvania. The police never found the murder weapon although Enoe's home was searched and his car.
Dr. Richard Bindie, pathologist at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, testified Forker was shot in the head with a .45 calibre gun. The entrance wound was at the backof the head. The bullet traveled through the head and brain. The bullet exited through the front of the head by the left eye. The gun was up against hte victim's head when he was shot. The victim also had head abrasions on back of the the head, top of the head and neck.
Trooper Kurt Tempinski, a ballistic expert, testified the bullet fired was from a .45 calibre gun but no gun was produced to check the ballistics.