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Man to Stand Trial in Pa. for Death of Aspiring Teacher from Minn.

Updated: 03/25/2014 6:21 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 4:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A man already serving a life sentence in one murder case will be heading to trial in the shooting death of an aspiring teacher from Minnesota who authorities say was gunned down for his iPod a month after moving to Philadelphia.
    
Prosecutors say a grand jury charged 35-year-old Marcellus Jones on Monday with murder, conspiracy, robbery and other counts in the May 2008 murder of 23-year-old Beau Zabel.
    
Authorities said Zabel had moved from Austin, Minn., and was scheduled to start work in the public schools.
    
Jones was convicted earlier of killing a man police said was the getaway driver in the Zabel killing.
    
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that prosecutors presented the new murder case to a grand jury rather than in open court because of concerns about witness intimidation.

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This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 35-year-old Marcellus Jones.
Photo: Philadelphia Police Department

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