BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A one-time Bridgeport drug dealer who is on death row for ordering the killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son is facing another murder trial.

A former lawyer for Russell Peeler Jr. calls the move by prosecutors to add a life term for a 1998 barbershop killing excessive.

The 41-year-old Peeler will face a 12-member jury in state Superior Court on Monday. He’s charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

The Connecticut Post reports ( that Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Corradino and Peeler’s lawyer, Robert Sullivan, would not comment.

Police say that before Peeler ordered his brother to fatally shoot Leroy “B.J.” Brown and his mother Karen Clarke on Jan. 7, 1999, he gunned down a rival drug dealer and another man in a barbershop.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

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