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Man pleads innocent

homicide trial set for November

September 06, 2000

Man pleads innocent; homicide trial set for November



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the 1999 death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man pleaded innocent Wednesday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Robert Bader, 20, of 15798 Sherwood Drive, is also charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the Aug. 5, 1999, death of Robert E. Meyer Jr., 20, according to court records. Bader's case was scheduled for the November trial term.

Waynesboro police filed the charges against Bader on July 19, almost a year after Meyer was killed. Court records said Meyer died of a blow to the head when the car Bader was driving struck a hair styling salon on West Main Street, according to police.

Meyer was hanging onto the car when it hit the business, but the autopsy showed he had been stabbed in the chest and shoulder prior to the crash, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said at the time the charges were filed.

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Police allege Bader had driven to a party that night on Lincoln Avenue, but people at the party began yelling for him to leave. The affidavit said he then drove to the intersection of West Main Street and Fairview Avenue and began yelling back at the people at the party.

Meyer walked over to Bader's car and the two "exchanged words," according to police. Meyer reached in the driver's side window and Bader drove off with Meyer hanging from the side, hitting several parking meters and an embankment before hitting the side of Snips Etc. at 331 W. Main St., police records said.

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