A jury trial will commence this week for a local man accused of shooting his former roommate in 2016.
Christopher John Puckett, 33, of Cumming will stand trial on Monday, May 7 and faces one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and counts of aggravated assault and battery, according to a Forsyth County Superior Court bill of indictment.
Puckett was arrested on Oct. 6, 2016 after he allegedly shot a 52-year-old male in the chest during an argument in the front yard of a home on the 5400 block of Memphis Street in north Forsyth, according to officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at the time.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, officials told FCN at the time.
At a priority calendar call hearing held on April 4, Puckett’s case, State of Georgia vs. Puckett, Christopher John, was given the first available jury court date, and those involved were ordered to report on Monday morning by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley, who will preside over the case.
At that hearing, Puckett appeared before Bagley and the court and confirmed on the record that he had declined a plea deal that had been offered by the prosecution which would have condensed some of his charges and reduced the amount of prison time he received, according to Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Scalia.
During a previous calendar call hearing held in late March, both attorneys agreed that they would be ready to go forward with the trial as planned and that the proceedings would likely take between seven and eight days.
The case will be prosecuted by Scalia and Courtney Moore. Puckett is represented by attorneys Norman Cuadra and David Savoy.