A trial has been scheduled for a Chicopee man charged with fatally shooting a teenager who he thought was breaking into his home.
Jeffrey Lovell is charged with manslaughter in the July slaying of 15-year-old Dylan Francisco.
Francisco and two others knocked on Lovell's door believing it was a friend's house. Lovell's wife woke him up around 1 p.m. and said someone was trying to break in.
Police say Lovell told the group to leave, but that they continued banging on the door until a window broke. They say he then fired a shot through the door.
The Republican reports more than a dozen people wearing "Justice for Dylan" shirts attended a hearing Monday when the Sept. 8 trial date was set.
The 43-year-old Lovell has pleaded not guilty.