Trial set for teen charged in 70-year-old man's death following random assault outside store

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SYRACUSE, New York — A trial is scheduled to begin for a teenager charged with causing a 70-year-old man's death by punching him at random outside a Syracuse convenience store last September.

The Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1s1Dx4b ) that jury selection is expected to be completed Monday in Onondaga County Court for the trial of 19-year-old Romeo Williams of Solvay. The trial is expected to begin Tuesday.

Williams was charged with manslaughter in the death of Jim Gifford. Police say he Gifford standing outside a store on Sept. 23, 2013 when Williams punched him once and kicked him. Gifford died two days later at a Syracuse hospital.

Williams was free on bail at the time after being charged in a weapons case. He was convicted of this summer and faces 15 years in prison.


Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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