Judge to beef up security in Pinoy bar shooter trial

By ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 22 2014 03:24 PM | Updated as of May 22 2014 11:24 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – Additional security will be deployed during the trial of an undocumented Filipino accused of shooting and killing an off-duty policeman and two others inside a bar in Ohio.

The judge plans to double the number of security guard and sheriff deputies at Igmidio Mista's upcoming court dates.

Wooden barricades to control courthouse traffic and metal detectors will also be in place.

Court administrators said public interest in Mista’s case is high and they expect a higher than usual turnout from the community.

Mista is charged with killing of three men, including an off-duty police officer who was celebrating his birthday, in a shooting rampage last March at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, Ohio.

Mista's trial will begin on August 4.

Mista is facing up to 75 years to life in prison.