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Commonwealth expected to conclude case today

Published September 01. 2011 05:00PM

The Commonwealth is expected to conclude sometime today presenting testimony in the murder trial of Julius Enges, of Reading, charged with the alleged fatal shooting of Bruce L. Forker in his home in his home in Shenandoah in May 2010.

Judge Jacqueline Russell, presiding over the trial in the Schuylkill County Court has held long hours in the four day trial in order to complete it this week because the court's regular criminal court term gets underway after Labor Day. A panel of jurors were brought in Wednesday to select jurors for criminal cases to be heard.

Enoe faces charges of criminaL homicide, conspiracy, robbery, burglary, theft, simple assault, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. State Police have charged Enoe of shooting Forker with a .45 caliberistol and then robbing him of around $4,000. Past testimony was two black men entered the home and one accosted Forker and shot him and fled. The person, identified as the driver of the get-away-car, who remained outside in the car while the other two entered had turned state witness and testified against Enoe claiming Enoe was one of the two men who entered the home and when he returned he made a comment about "I shot him. Go, go," and they took off.

Several additional state troopers testified. Trooper Robert Hess found a black bandanna, similar to that worn by the assailants, brown glove and three cell phones in Enoe's home in Reading. Trooper Scott Sotack testified he identified phone numbers from Enoe's cell phone and one belonged to Damon L. Ennett, of Freeland, the driver of the get-away car.

When the case will be turned over the to the jury is not known because the defense did not indicate whether the defendant would take the stand.

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