New trial begins for death row inmate Russell Peeler Jr.

A murder trial began on Monday for a Bridgeport man already on death row for ordering the killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son.

BRIDGEPORT - A murder trial began today for a Bridgeport man already on death row for ordering the killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son.

Prosecutors say Russell Peeler Jr. gunned down a rival drug dealer in a barbershop in 1998.

He was sentenced to death for later ordering his brother to kill witnesses to that murder, Leroy "B.J." Brown and his mother Karen Clarke.

Prosecutors are seeking a life term for the first shooting.
 

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