Murder trial delayed after witness refuses to board plane

The judge excused the jury and said a new jury will be selected

Logan International Airport in Boston is seen here in a file image from 2014.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) A murder trial has been postponed after a key out-of-state witness refused to board a flight to Massachusetts, saying he feared for his safety.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that a judge Monday rescheduled 24-year-old Fathi Jaara’s trial to June 8.

Jaara faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the 2014 killing of Christian Obeng. Prosecutors say the killing was gang-related.

The judge excused the jury and said a new jury will be selected. Testimony will start June 11.

Jaara’s lawyer objected to the delay.

Prosecutors say Jaara had his brother drive him and another man armed with a handgun to an apartment complex where rival gang members were seen. Obeng was killed in an exchange of gunfire. The alleged gunman was acquitted in a separate trial.


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