COURTHOUSE >> A 20-year-old Ambler man accused of the gunshot slayings of his mother and her boyfriend, “as they lay defenseless, in their bed,” according to detectives, has selected the jury that will weigh his fate.
A jury of seven women and five men was selected Friday in Montgomery County Court for the trial of Joshua Trunk, who is charged with two counts each of first- and third-degree murder and a charge of possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the alleged 10 p.m. July 31, 2016, shooting deaths of his mother, 54-year-old Janice Trunk, and her boyfriend, 44-year-old Kevin Smith, in their residence at the Forest Garden Apartments.
Judge Gary S. Silow instructed jurors to return to court at 9 a.m. Monday at which time they will hear the opening statements of lawyers, followed by witness testimony. The trial is expected to last several days.
First Assistant District Attorney Edward F. McCann Jr. and co-prosecutor Kelly Lloyd are handling the prosecution. Defense lawyer Benjamin Cooper represents Trunk.
Prosecutors have not publicly speculated on a motive for the fatal shootings and Cooper has not revealed Trunk’s defense strategy. Those issues are likely to become clearer once the trial gets under way.
Detectives alleged the victims were shot as they lay in their bed, under the covers, inside the apartment they shared with Trunk.
“There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment and no evidence of the ransacking common to burglaries. There were no indications of a struggle. To the contrary, the grouping and close-range…
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