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A preliminary hearing scheduled Friday was postponed to Nov. 7 for a pharmacist who fatally shot his roommate’s boyfriend at the door of the defendant’s Ocean Beach condominium complex.

Thomas Francis Burke, 33, is charged with murder in the June 22 death of 35-year-old Jess Robles of Pacific Beach.

At Burke’s arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley said the defendant shot Robles “for no reason” when the victim came to the defendant’s door in the 4100 block of Voltaire Street around 11:15 p.m.

Sutterley said Robles was shot once in the throat and once in the chest.

After the shooting, Burke met with another pharmacist and then went to downtown San Diego, where he was arrested.

Defense attorney Tom Warwick said Burke had told his roommate not to have her boyfriend come over any more. The attorney said someone called and threatened his client before the fatal encounter.

When Robles showed up at Burke’s door, the defendant grabbed a gun and fired twice in self-defense, Warwick said.

“The victim was not supposed to come in,” Warwick said. The attorney said Burke shot out of fear for his own safety.

The defendant faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted.

—City News Service

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