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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: State of Euphoria
Re: Trial for murderer postponed
Win or loose is not in question, it requires three aggravating circumstances in PA to obtain a death sentence.
And in this case there are easily three, so the defense is going to have to find 1 or 2 mitigating circumstances to prevent a death sentence and go for life without the chance of parole.
The first of is the defendant left his home with a gun and spot light with intent to poach deer.
The second is a convicted felon in possession of a gun.
And the third is reloading and walking to the back of the truck to kill the victim.
But even if sentenced to death appeals will take close to 20 years if the death sentence still exists at that time.
Much of the testimony focused on the sequence of events the night 31-year-old Grove was killed while investigating reports of poaching. After his arrest, Johnson, a convicted felon, admitted to police that he shot Officer Grove, but said the game warden fired the first shot in their gun battle.
Investigators found 25 shell casings at the scene: 15 from Johnson's gun, 10 from Officer Grove's gun. State troopers testified Johnson had to reload his gun to fire off that many rounds. The autopsy shows Officer Grove was hit four times. Three in the lower body while he was near his Game Commission SUV and a fourth fatal shot in the neck while he was unarmed.
"That occurred at the back of his vehicle, about 10-12 feet from the back of his vehicle. the officer's gun was located by the front driver side door," said Adams County District Wagner Shawn Wagner.