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Hearing held in Pa. shooting

February 06, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Hearing held in Pa. shooting

CHAMBERSBURG,Pa. - The case against Lucas Ismond, one of two men accused in a shootout in a downtown apartment on Jan. 8, was sent to the Court of Common Pleas Friday following a preliminary hearing before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

The second man involved in the shooting, Roy Morris, 27, of Chateau Terrace, Shippensburg, Pa., shot himself to death earlier this week, according to testimony Friday from Chambersburg Police Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso.

Morris was found Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head at a self-storage business on Chickentown Road in Fayetteville, Pa., according to state police. He was pronounced dead Monday at Hershey Medical Center, police said.

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Ismond, 38, of 141 Greenmeadow Drive, Chambersburg, is being held in Franklin County Prison on charges of criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying an unlicensed firearm and reckless endangerment. Carter denied a request to reduce his $500,000 bail.

Morris had not been charged at the time of his death.

State witnesses were Herman "Tippy" Parker, who rents the house at 61 W. South St.; and John Paul Thomas, one of about a dozen persons who were in the house when the shootings occurred.

Both testified that Ismond and Morris had been involved in a lengthy argument before the shooting started.

Parker's house was a hangout for people who played cards and domino games, according to testimony.

Parker testified that he told Ismond and Morris to leave his house when they started to argue; that he would call the police if they didn't leave. He also testified that when he went into the kitchen to call the police he heard a single gunshot from the living room. He said Morris ran by him on his way to the back door with Ismond following behind and shooting at him.

The witnesses said both men had been arguing earlier in the house and left when ordered out by Parker. They returned later, resumed the argument and that was when the shooting started, witnesses said.

Kelso, who also took the stand, said both men had picked up guns before going back to the house. She said both were firing at each other in the kitchen. Ismond had a .44-caliber revolver, which Kelso said had all six cartridges fired. Morris had a .38-caliber automatic. Police never found Morris' gun, but did pick up three spent .38-caliber shell casings from the kitchen, she said. Kelso also said there were bullet holes on two walls of the kitchen.

Morris ended up on the kitchen floor and Ismond left only to return later and collapse on the sidewalk in front of the house in front of police, according to Kelso's testimony.

Kelso presented the state's case. There was no attorney in court Friday from the district attorney's office.

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