By Will E Sanders
TROY — An 18-year-old defendant in the 2013 Halloween eve home invasion and murder of Nathan Wintrow is expected to begin his four-day trial in common pleas court Tuesday morning.
Defendant Patrick McGail, 18, of Troy, has been charged with murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, with firearm specifications, in the Oct. 30, 2013, death of Wintrow, 20, at his Canal Street home in Troy.
In May, co-defendant Jason C. Sowers II, 17, of Troy, who was a junior in high school at the time, pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in a plea agreement with prosecutors where he agreed to testify against McGail at the trial. Sowers’ sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place next Monday after McGail’s trial and he is facing between 18 years in prison to life.
A third defendant, Brendon A. Terrel, 19, of Troy, is also expected to testify against McGail at the trial. Terrel, who entered pleas of no contest and was found guilty of complicity to aggravated robbery and complicity to aggravated burglary, along with a firearm specification, has also agreed to cooperate with authorities, including possibly testifying at the trial.
Terrel, who has not been sentenced yet, did not go into the home on the night of the murder.
Authorities say McGail and Sowers broke a window and entered through a rear door where Wintrow lived at 218 E. Canal St., Troy. They entered with a firearm in an effort to rob Wintrow of money and marijuana. When the gun-toting teens encountered the victim, Sowers used a 9mm and shot Wintrow at point-blank range in front of his girlfriend and her 2-year-old child, according to police reports.
McGail, out on bond, and Sowers were juveniles at the time of the offense, but it was later ruled that both teens would be tried as adults.
On Monday, presiding Judge Christopher Gee had a final hearing in the case concerning 14 motions before the court, many of which involved the inclusion or exclusion of various details, documents, articles of evidence, and expert testimony.
The trial begins Tuesday morning when a jury will be selected from a pool of 48 potential jurors, court staff said.
Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.