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Harrisburg man ordered to stand trial

December 06, 1997

Harrisburg man ordered to stand trial

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The murder case against a Harrisburg, Pa., man was bound over to the Court of Common Pleas for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in which a witness told District Justice Gary L. Carter that she saw the man fire the weapon.

The defendant, Bryan K. Jefferson, 37, of 226 Harrison St., was allowed to remain free on bail pending trial. No trial date has been set.

Jefferson is accused of shooting Charles D. Green on the sidewalk in front of Green's home at 18 W. Catherine St., Chambersburg on Oct. 6. Green, 22, was dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to testimony from Borough Police Detective Matt Cody, the investigating officer.

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The shooting occurred in front of several witnesses around 5:30 p.m., according to testimony. Jefferson turned himself in, along with the suspected murder weapon, a 9mm pistol, shortly afterward, Cody testified.

The state's key witness Friday was Melinda Guice, 22, of Chambersburg. She testified that she saw Jefferson drive to the Catherine Street address in a car with three passengers, including a woman named Gail Jones, in the front passenger seat, and a man and a woman in the back.

She also testified that she saw Jones pull a dark pouch from under the car seat and hand it to Jefferson. She said Jefferson took a gun from the pouch, cocked it, got out of the car, put the gun behind his back and walked toward Green who was standing on the sidewalk.

Guice said the two men had words, that Green asked Jefferson twice what he was going to do and that she saw Jefferson raise the gun and shoot Green.

Attorney William Tully of Harrisburg, Jefferson's lawyer, asked Guice repeatedly during cross-examination if she took a gun and other objects from Green's body before police arrived. Guice denied the allegations vehemently.

According to testimony, Jefferson told police that he fired in self defense.

Cody testified that police found no gun at the scene.

He also testified that witnesses at the crime scene were surrounding the body in such a manner that officers had to use Mace to quell the crowd.

Green was a victim of an earlier shooting. On July 20 he was standing in a crowd on West South Street in Chambersburg when it was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting. He was hospitalized with bullet wounds to the chest and wrist.

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