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Homicide suspect wants trial

Josue Faurelus, of W-B, pleads not guilty in the shooting of a 19-year-old in October.

WILKES-BARRE – A city man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to police charges that he shot and killed a 19-year-old in October.

Josue Faurelus, 25, of Midland Court, entered the plea at an arraignment before Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Lupas. Through his attorney, Demetrius Fannick, Faurelus requested a jury trial on criminal homicide and illegal firearm possession charges.

Lupas said the trial could be held in July or August this year. Assistant district attorneys Frank McCabe and Sam Sanguedolce are prosecuting the case.

According to court records:

Police said Faurelus shot and killed Christly Aristide, of Brooklyn, N.Y., outside a home at Moyallen and Grove streets in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 30. Investigators allege Faurelus shot Aristide three times with a .9-mm handgun.

Police said Jose Cruz, the driver of a Ford Explorer, picked up Tabitha Gidgood and a man he identified as Faurelus at a Carey Avenue home and then drove to High Street.

Cruz and Gidgood stayed in the vehicle while Faurelus entered the apartment. Cruz told police that after a few minutes two men fled the apartment and Faurelus came out and told Gidgood he was struck in the face.

Police said Faurelus got back into the vehicle, and as Cruz approached Moyallen Street, Faurelus told him to stop the car, and Faurelus jumped out.

Cruz told police that he heard three gunshots, and then Faurelus got back into the vehicle and told Cruz, “You didn’t see nothing!”

Cruz sped away and Gidgood got out at High Street and Hazle Avenue. Faurelus told Cruz to drive away when police stopped the vehicle near Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.

Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll previously said Faurelus and Aristide “are known to each other” and are originally from New York.

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