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Trial set in mall shooting

April 26, 1999

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with shooting her ex-husband last year at the Chambersburg Mall has been scheduled for a nonjury trial in Franklin County Court on June 17.

Valerie Jean Moraites, 44, of 940 Stouffer Ave., will be tried before a judge on attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges in the April 25, 1998, shooting of Stephen C. Moraites, 45, of Chambersburg, in the mall's center court, according to court records. She appeared in court Friday to have her trial scheduled.

According to allegations in the Pennsylvania State Police affidavit of probable cause, she shot Stephen Moraites twice and then surrendered the handgun to a mall security guard.

Attempted homicide and aggravated assault are both first-degree felonies. Convictions on those charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison.

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Moraites is being held in Franklin County Prison.

- Don Aines

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