Area man on trial for NJ slaying

Pulcine accused of shooting Altoona man in hotel room

VINELAND, N.J. — A Duncansville man is on trial in the shooting death of a sleeping co-worker in a New Jersey hotel room 2.5 years ago.

Cumberland County prosecutors allege that 36-year-old Larry John Pulcine Jr. shot 33-year-old Ivan “Scott” Strayer of Altoona at the Wingate Inn in Vineland, where the two were staying for work with a utility maintenance firm. The shooting occurred in October 2016.

Assistant Prosecutor Charles Wettstein maintains that circumstantial evidence against Pulcine is overwhelming, although the motive remains a mystery.

Defense attorney Joel Aronow says there’s no physical evidence that his client pulled the trigger while acknowledging that his gun was used.

Officials say when the victim was found dead in the morning, Pulcine apparently had left the hotel for several hours.

Pulcine has been behind bars since he was indicted in 2017.

Strayer had been married in July 2016. He and his wife, Megan, had a 2-year-old son when Strayer was killed.

Just before his death, Strayer had purchased a home in Gallitzin. He left to work in New Jersey, while his wife was moving their possessions into the home.