Trial Date Set in Fatal Shooting of Connecticut Soldier

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A judge has set a trial date for a Holyoke man accused in the 2009 fatal shooting of a Connecticut National Guard soldier.

The Republican newspaper reports that 30-year-old Michael Rodriguez will go on trial May 9 in Hampden Superior Court on a murder charge.

Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to killing 25-year-old Julian Cartie on a Springfield street on Feb. 22, 2009.

Cartie was a former football star at New Britain High School in Connecticut. At the time of his death he was preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan with his National Guard unit.

Rodriguez was arrested last December in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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