Damian R. Bradford will face a jury July 24 on federal charges that he stalked Dr. Gulam Moonda across state lines and used a gun during the crime that left the longtime Shenango Valley urologist dead along the Ohio Turnpike.

Judge David D. Dowd Jr. assigned the summer trial date Thursday during a status conference in Akron attended by Bradford’s defense attorney and federal prosecutors.

Bradford, 24, is charged with interstate stalking and using a gun during the robbery that left Moonda, 69, dead inside his 2000 Jaguar in the presence of his wife Donna and her mother.

Federal prosecutors have clarified the indictment, saying it is equivalent to a murder charge and they believe Bradford shot Moonda.

If convicted, the indictment reads that Bradford could face up to life in prison, said William J. Edwards, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland.

However, there is a chance Bradford could face the death penalty.

The federal statute under which a grand jury indicted Bradford does carry the possibility of the death penalty and requires the U.S. Attorney General’s Office to review the case and decide if Bradford should potentially die for Moonda’s killing.

“The final decision on anything that might be death penalty eligible comes from the (U.S.) Attorney General,” Edwards said.

Prosecutors have not ruled out that other people could be indicted in connection with Moonda’s killing and that Bradford could be charged in a state court. Ohio does exercise the death penalty.

Charlene McFrazier, 21, of Leetsdale, Pa., a woman Bradford’s attorneys described as his friend, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury by providing a false alibi about his whereabouts the night Moonda was killed.

Prosecutors claim she testified under oath that she met Bradford in Beaver County between 6 and 7 p.m. May 13, when in fact, she did not. Moonda was killed sometime during that hour in an emergency pull-off lane south of Cleveland.

Ms. McFrazier faces a May 30 trial before Dowd in Akron. If convicted, she could face up to 5 years in prison.

Bradford’s mother, Sharon, has admitted that her son had an affair with Mrs. Moonda, 47, after the two met at a drug rehabilitation facility. Confidential informants have told police Bradford claimed Mrs. Moonda planned to divorce her husband so that she could get $3 million to $4 million in the divorce settlement.

Mrs. Moonda’s attorney has repeatedly said she had nothing to do with her husband’s death.

Bradford is being held in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, a low-security facility. Ms. McFrazier is free on $25,000 bond.

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