Synagogue Shooting Trial Begins

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Opening arguments are scheduled to
begin today in the trial of an 81-year-old man charged with shooting another man outside a synagogue.

Marc Benayer, who is representing himself, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Jonathan Samuels. Samuels was shot as he left a Rosh Hashanah service at the Chad Weltman Synagogue in October 2005. He died nine months later.

Investigators say Benayer wanted Samuels and his business partner dead because the men helped Benayer's ex-girlfriend seek a restraining order against him.

While in jail, Benayer also was charged with trying to hire an undercover sheriff's office detective to kill Levy and his former defense attorney.


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