Trial delayed for man accused of West Boca High star murder

A memorial for Christo "Sto" Maccius.

A memorial for Christo “Sto” Maccius.

A scheduled November trial has now been delayed until March for Garry Pierre, the 28-year-old North Lauderdale man accused of killing a popular former West Boca High School football star outside a bar in July.

Circuit Judge Charles Burton on Wednesday granted a defense request to delay Pierre’s trial in the death of 25-year-old Christo “Sto” Maccius, who was gunned down as he was leaving O’Connor’s Pub with two police officers.

Burton scheduled the trial, originally set to start with jury selection Nov. 30, to now begin on March 13. The judge also set a status hearing  on the case for Jan. 13.

According to witnesses, Maccius spotted Pierre starting at him the night of July 30 at a nightclub in the Sandalwood Plaza on State Road 7 south of West Palmetto Park Road. A pair of friends he was with told police Maccius told them Pierre was ” the guy I knocked out four or five years ago.”

Maccius was walking out of the club at 4:35 a.m. with the two friends, both Riviera Beach Police officers, when he was gunned down.

Maccius, 25, played football as a student at West Boca High and later returned there as a substitute teacher and security officer. He was known for his interest in working with special-needs and at-risk students.