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Pa. man may be tried in absentia

March 10, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with attempted homicide will be tried in absentia next month if authorities fail to locate him between now and then.

Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Thursday the trial of Dwayne Cobbs, 19, of 26 W. Queen St., has been set for April 27-28. Cobbs also is charged with aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license.

A bench warrant was issued for Cobbs when he failed to appear in court Feb. 28 for the call of the March trial list, according to Sheriff Robert Wollyung.

On March 1, Cobbs was sentenced in absentia to six to 30 months in state prison on a delivery of cocaine charge, according to court records. He had pleaded guilty to the charge last year.

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The trial date on the attempted homicide case was set during a pre-trial conference, Nelson said.

On Nov. 17, 1998, Chambersburg Borough Police responded to 210 Birch St. for a report of a shooting. Outside the house they found Anthony Nimley, 25, of Shippensburg, Pa., who had been shot in the neck, right elbow and left leg.

Nimley selected Cobbs from a photo lineup and Cobbs was arrested within days of the shooting, police records said. Cobbs was later released on bond.

In January, borough police charged two other men with attempted homicide in the Nimley shooting. Travis Thomas, 18, of 8 Redwood St., was released on $100,000 unsecured bond. Jimmy L. Aaron, 18, of 362 E. Washington St., is in Franklin County Prison on $1 million bond.

Police in January alleged the shooting was drug-related.

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