Testimony could end Tuesday afternoon in the first degree murder trial of Peterson Metellus, charged in the fatal April 2013 shooting of a 27-year-old man outside a Boynton Beach convenience store.
Jurors early Tuesday heard testimony from crime scene and firearms analysts who examined evidence from the crime scene at the MLK Quick Stop at 128 NE 10th Ave., where Adrian Wright was shot several times. Wright died at Delray Medical Center from wounds that included a gunshot to the head.
Assistant State Attorneys Jill RIchstone and Reid Scott, who began presenting evidence to jurors in Metellus’ case last week, are expected to rest their case after calling several more witnesses.
Judge Marni Bryson early Tuesday indicated that defense attorney Thomas Weiss would be also be calling at least one witness Tuesday in Metellus’ defense. Attorneys on both sides of the case will likely begin presenting their closing arguments to jurors early Wednesday.
According to witnesses in the case, the mens’ dispute stemmed from a conflict Metellus had with another man two years earlier over a young woman. By the time of Wright’s death, they said, the feud had escalated to the point where those involved were firing shots at one another.
A witness who was riding his bicycle in the area at the time told police a man he knew as “Haitian P” shot Wright, who the witness said was his cousin. An officer who responded to the scene wrote in an arrest report said he immediately knew “Haitian P” to be Metellus’ street name.
The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force found Metellus at a house in Lantana two days later.