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Howland double murder trial pushed back to October

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WARREN, Ohio -

There's been another change in the trial date for the capital murder case of Nasser Hamad of Howland.

The forty-seven year old Hamad is charged with aggravated murder in the killing of two people, plus attempted murder for the wounding of three others.

The shooting happened last February outside Hamad's home on Route 46.  

At the latest pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, Hamad was represented by a three member defense team, following the recent addition of two attorneys from Cleveland.

Hamad faces a possible death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.  He claims to have acted in self-defense after being beaten in a fist fight outside his home.  

Prosecutors say that he fired several shots at the victims, then went back to his house and got more bullets, came back outside and fired several more shots.   

The trial, which originally was set to begin next week,  was first pushed back to September, due to scheduling conflicts for the attorneys.

The new trail date is set for October 10.

Judge Ronald Rice also set several other deadlines to move the case forward. June 30 is the cutoff for the filing of all motions. July 21 the court will make final rulings on all motions.  

The final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for August 31.

In the courtroom Wednesday, Hamad's brother wore a captioned tee-shirt in support of Hamad's claim of self-defense. The lettering on the shirt read "This could be you".

In an effort to limit pre-trial publicity about the case, Judge Rice early on imposed a gag order on all parties involved in the case.  

Hamad remains jailed without any chance for bond, so he will be in jail for seven months before jury selection for his trial begins in October. 

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