WILKES-BARRE — Jury selection in the attempted homicide trial of Joshua Ovalles is now scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Ovalles, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, stands accused in the alleged attempted killing of Michael Kubiak on Jan. 9, 2013. Police say Ovalles fired three rounds, striking Kubiak in the leg, chest and face while they were driving to buy heroin in the city.
Ovalles also faces charges of aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license and terroristic threats in connection with the case.
In an unrelated matter, Ovalles also faces an open count of criminal homicide in the July 7 death of Vaughn Kemp, 24, outside 174 S. Grant St. Witnesses have said they saw Ovalles fire shots into the air. He was out on $100,000 bail from the previous case at the time of that incident.
He also is facing drug charges.
Last week, defense attorney Peter Moses filed a motion before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas seeking “some limited, additional time to explore global resolution of all pending cases against Mr. Ovalles … .”
The judge denied the request, instructing the parties to appear Monday, as previously arranged.