| Fort Myers News-Press
A judge will hear death penalty-related motions for a man accused of killing a Fort Myers police officer on Wednesday.
Wisner Desmaret is charged in the 2018 killing of Adam Jobbers-Miller.
The hearing, before Judge Robert J. Branning, will delve into the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty, which the 32-year-old Desmaret could face if determined to be guilty in the fatal shooting of Jobbers-Miller the night of July 21, 2018.
There are seven motions that will be before the judge. Five seek to declare specific state statutes unconstitutional; one would sequester potential jurors during the selection process, and one for a supplemental juror questionnaire.
Desmaret faces several charges including first-degree murder, attempted murder of a second Fort Myers police officer, resisting an officer with violence, robbery, depriving an officer of his means of protection, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, burglary of a conveyance and grand theft.
He has been held in jail since his arrest in 2018.
A case management conference Tuesday ended with the hearing continued to another case management conference April 20.
Desmaret had gotten into a confrontation with three men, taking one man’s cellphone, at the Marathon Gas Station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and fled on foot.
Police located Desmaret on Flint Drive, where they tried to speak with him. He took off running again.
Jobbers-Miller, 29, chased him and Desmaret is accused of lunging at him, taking his service weapon and shooting him, a police report said.
Jobbers-Miller died July 28, 2018, after a week of fighting for his life at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.
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