Trial Begins for Man Charged in Craigslist Killing

The trial has begun for a Hartford man accused of setting up a robbery that led to the fatal shooting of a man selling items on Craigslist. 

The Hartford Courant reports 25-year-old Rashad Moon went on trial Monday on charges of felony murder, robbery and conspiracy. He's being represented by a New Haven attorney and has been jailed since his June 17, 2013 arrest. 

Police said 23-year-old Marvin Mathis fatally shot 40-year-old Felix DeJesus III, of Cromwell, as DeJesus was waiting to meet a prospective buyer on the night of May 8, 2013 in Hartford.  

DeJesus, a 1992 graduate of Cromwell High School, left his home on May 8, 2013 to meet a man who was interested in buying a tablet he had offered for sale on Craigslist. According to DeJesus' father, the man contacted DeJesus several times to set up the meeting.  

When police responded to a 911 call at 8 p.m. that night, they found DeJesus, the father of two young children, with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead just before 4 a.m. the next morning. 

Court records say Moon is accused of getting Mathis to carry out the crime. 

Mathis' attorney has said his client has a range of intellectual and psychiatric issues.  

Mathis faces the same charges as Moon.

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