Trial underway for man charged in fatal work site shooting

Gregory Weathers Jr. (Photo provided by the Bridgeport Police Dept.)
Gregory Weathers Jr. (Photo provided by the Bridgeport Police Dept.)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The trial of a Bridgeport man accused of fatally shooting a construction worker shortly after inquiring about a job at a work site near his home is now underway.

Gregory Weathers faces charges that include murder in the March 26, 2015 death of 31-year-old Jose Araujo, of Milford.

Related: Man charged in fatal work site shooting to claim insanity

The Connecticut Post reports retired police detective Paul Ortiz testified before a three-judge panel Tuesday that the 34-year-old Weathers had been looking for a job at a construction site and was frustrated because he thought there were no openings.

Police say Weathers thought he had been rejected by the foreman of a Burns Construction job when he opened fire at the work site, killing Araujo.

Weathers has maintained he is suffering from a mental disease or defect, an insanity defense.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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