Public defenders appointed for suspect in drive-by killing

November 19, 2019 GMT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing another man in a drive-by shooting following a confrontation at a casino has been appointed two public defenders.

A judge appointed the attorneys at a brief court hearing Monday.

Francis Giannelli, of Glastonbury, faces murder and weapons charges in the Oct. 27 death of 35-year-old Robert Thompson.

Police say the 25-year-old Giannelli fired multiple shots at a pickup truck in Preston, killing Thompson, a passenger in the truck.

Police say Giannelli and a friend had had confrontations with Thompson and another man at the Mohegan Sun casino in the hours before the shooting.

Giannelli told investigators the driver of the truck Thompson was in appeared to be reaching for a gun and he shot in self-defense.

A message was left with his public defenders.