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Bader's criminal homicide case moves forward

January 02, 2002

Bader's criminal homicide case moves forward



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The case of a Greencastle, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the 1999 death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man might go to trial in late January.

Robert Bader, 21, of 15798 Sherwood Drive, also was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and driving under the influence in the Aug. 5, 1999, death of Robert E. Meyer Jr., 20, according to court records.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges last year, according to court records.

Bader is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Jan. 7, and his trial could begin in Franklin County Court on Jan. 28, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Waynesboro police did not file charges against Bader until nearly a year after Meyer's death.

Court records said Meyer died of blunt force trauma when the car Bader was driving struck a hair styling salon on West Main Street, police said.

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

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 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 into 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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