Pittsfield Shooting: March trial expected in fatal shooting of Goshen man
PITTSFIELD — The city man accused of firing a gunshot that ultimately killed a Goshen man is set to face a March trial on murder and witness intimidation charges.
Peter J. Campbell, 19, continues to be held in pre-trial detention at the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction in connection with the 2014 death of Anthony Gamache, 29.
During a pre-trial hearing in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, Judge Daniel Ford also assigned a new attorney — Jared Olanoff of Springfield — to handle both the defense in the murder charge as well as a new charge of witness intimidation Campbell incurred while he was in custody.
Campbell had been represented by a local attorney, but state law requires that defense attorneys must meet a specific set of requirements — including familiarity with expert witnesses, forensic evidence and serving as lead counsel in at least 10 jury trials in the preceding five years — to be assigned to murder cases.
Campbell was arraigned on the intimidation charge last week, and while prosecutors would not comment on the specifics, an assistant district attorney confirmed it was connected to the murder charge and the DA's office hopes to prosecute both cases together.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano told the court during Wednesday's hearing that the discovery phase of the case is complete, and he agreed to a set a final pretrial conference on both cases for March 1. A trial date is likely to be set following that conference.
Campbell is accused of shooting Gamache in the leg during a botched robbery in the parking lot of the Big Y supermarket on West Street in Pittsfield on Nov. 18, 2014.
Gamache was driven to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and then taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was treated and released.
The following evening, Gamache went into cardiac arrest at his home and was taken by EMTs back to Cooley Dickinson, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy determined he died as the result of a blood clot caused by the bullet wound to his leg.
Campbell allegedly told police he went to meet Gamache under the guise of purchasing a quarter-pound of marijuana, but had planned to rob him instead.
He allegedly admitted having a .380 caliber handgun, but said it went off accidently during a struggle in the car. A witness said the shot was fired intentionally after Campbell had given Gamache a warning.
Campbell faces charges of second-degree murder, armed assault to rob, illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in addition to the intimidation charge.