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Jojic Faces Preliminary Hearing in Shooting Death of Friend

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A 23-year-old Erie man charged with fatally shooting his friend at a home on Kahkwa Boulevard April 12, will be in court Monday. Aladin Jojic faces a preliminary hearing on charges of involuntary manslaughter, felony aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.  Police charged Jojic in May after an investigation into the shooting death of his close friend 23-year-old Abram Sorek.

Jojic was with friends at the home of Mike Wilcko.  He told investigators he was "playing" with Wilcko's gun as he carried it from the hot tub outside, into the home. In the criminal complaint, Erie police investigators say Jojic pointed the weapon in Sorek's direction, pulled the slide and fired a shot, hitting the victim in the head. Jojic also admitted to drinking vodka and beer earlier that evening.

Sorek was home from college on Easter break when he got together with Jojic and other longtime friends in Erie, among the group, the daughter of Attorney Phil Friedman.  Friedman was present at the arraignment in the case, but will not represent Jojic because of his relationships with both families in the tragic incident. 

12News/SeeNews has learned that Defense Attorney Leonard Ambrose will represent Jojic.  The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 PM Monday in central court.

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