Judge nixes jury help in Indiana County murder
A request for $10,000 to appoint a jury consultant in an Indiana County murder case has been denied.
Public defenders for Shaun Casey Fairman, 33, of Washington Township, wanted to hire a Philadelphia firm to assist with jury selection in his trial, which is scheduled to begin April 22. The motion was denied by Indiana County Judge William Martin.
Fairman is accused of fatally shooting his father-in-law, Richard Shotts, 55, through a kitchen window at a North Mahoning Township home last June. Fairman's estranged wife, Jessica Shotts, was staying at the house she once shared with her husband and their four children when the shooting occurred.
Police said Fairman stormed inside the home as he argued with his wife, who said she shot Fairman in self-defense after he gunned down her father. Jessica Shotts had obtained a protection-from-abuse court order against her husband and their divorce was pending. Her parents stayed at the home overnight between June 2 and 3 because they feared what Fairman might do, according to earlier testimony.
Fairman's attorneys have filed notice that they plan to raise mental infirmity as a defense.
Jessica Shotts previously testified that after she saw her father lying dead on her floor, she grabbed a gun and fled upstairs. When Fairman followed her, she reached around a door and fired twice, hitting him in the shoulder and the arm. She was not charged.
Shotts testified that she had asked Fairman in the past to get mental health treatment because he threatened to commit suicide.
Fairman, who is charged with homicide, burglary, receiving stolen property and aggravated assault, is being held in the Indiana County Jail without bond.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Indiana County investment broker accused of stealing $1.2M from 22 clients
- Indiana County woman jailed after allegedly fleeing, slipping handcuffs
- Housing in former parsonage among Indiana County efforts to help homeless veterans
- Indiana County tentative budget holds line on taxes
- Fire marshal looks for cause of Indiana bar blaze