Sep 25, 2016 4:15 PM

Man charged with killing cousin heads to trial

The Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts man charged with killing his cousin, who was also his former business partner, in a bar parking lot has started.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that opening statements in the murder trial of 49-year-old Peter Jasper, of Worcester, are scheduled for Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court. Jury selection was last week.

Jasper is charged with first-degree murder in the December 2014 shotgun slaying of 45-year-old Paul Milluzzo, of Leicester.

Milluzzo was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the ground outside his vehicle in the parking lot of Smitty's Tavern.

According to court records, investigators were told that Jasper and Milluzzo had once been business partners but later had a falling out over disagreements about the partnership.

Jasper has denied the charges.

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