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Second key witness in murder trial testifies in Schuylkill

Published April 28. 2011 05:02PM

District Attorney James P. Goodman put on his second key witness the the murder trial of a Reading man that began this week in Schuylkill County court. The witness testified the defendant, Julius C.Enoe, fired the fatal shot which killed Bruce L.Forker, of Shenanodah, on the morning of March 16, 2010, as the Commonwealth winds down.

Damon L. Ennett, 30, of Freeland, Luzerne County, told the jury that he and the defendant had planned the burglary and drove to Forker's home because he owed money for drugs. The plan was to recover the drugs and money owed. Ennett placed the amount at $4,500.

Ennett testified Enoe and his nephew, Jahmal Ollivirre, also of Reading, entered Forker's residentce and that Enoe "had the gun." Ollivirre previously testified his uncle fired the shot which killed Forker.

Ennett testifed he remained outside in the car and Enoe and Ollivirre came running out of the house and Enoe still had the gun. "I asked why did you shoot him?" and the response was, "I didn't mean to shoot him."

Under cross examination Ennett denied he and Olllivirre planned the burglary. The defense in cross examining Ollivirre tried to establish that he had the gun and pulled the trigger because of his inexperience and that he panicked but Ollilvirre strongly denied it. He was 20 years old at the time of the shooting. Ennett claimed he did not know Ollivirre until the day they drove to Shenandoah.

He also told the jury he had dealed with Forker in the sale of drugs on many occasions in the past.

A large number of police officers have testified as to their role in the investigation of the murder.

Shenandoah officers Chris Zubris and George Carado, testified arriving on the scene and securing it after observing the victim lying on the floor with blood around his head. Forker was shot in the back of the head. They smelled gun powder and saw a bullet casing lying near the shooting.

Shenandoah officer Joseph Hall testified when he received the call he immediately called state police and was present on the scene when they arrived.

Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczglak pronounced the victim dead, took photographs of the body and stayed until it was removed to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville for an autopsy.

Trooper Michael Marinchak was the first state trooper to arrive and started a crime scene entry log. Trooper Thomas Powell viewed the body with the deputy coroner and secured the residence with police tape. Corporal Jeff Sczcecina took command of the crime unit and assigned a major case team. Trooper Ed Lizewski, lead investigator, began interviews. Trooper James Cujttita assisted in homicide investigation by conducting several interviews and searches in the Shenandoah area for evidence. After Ennett was arrested he placed his vehicle into evidence.

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