Pa. man to face trial in shooting

June 15, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

An attempted murder case against a Chambersburg man accused of shooting another man in the mouth during a robbery was sent to the Court of Common Pleas for trial following a preliminary hearing Friday.

The defendant, Joseph Ward Jr., 45, of 682 Hillcrest Ave., is being held in Franklin County Prison on $1.1 million bond, charged with the May 18 shooting of Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, of 165 Sherwood Ave., St. Thomas, Pa.

Negliaccio was the prosecution's chief witness in Friday's hearing before District Justice Gary Carter.

He testified he had known Ward from previous meetings at Razzle's, a Chambersburg nightclub.

The two met again on the evening of May 17, talked, drank some and played pool, he said. They left Razzle's around 1:30 a.m. and went to another bar.


Negliaccio, a New Jersey native, testified he doesn't have a driver's license.

Sometime after 3:30 a.m. Ward drove Negliaccio to Carson's Motel at 414 W. Loudon St. where Negliaccio was to spend the night.

Negliaccio said he registered with the motel clerk and paid for the room. A female relative of Ward who was not identified at the hearing went with them to motel.

Negliaccio said he and Ward drove to a Sheetz store for hamburgers and brought them back to the room. There, Ward produced a small pistol and ordered Negliaccio to give him his money and jewelry, according to testimony.

"I asked why he was doing this. I said we had a good night hanging out and having fun," Negliaccio testified.

He said he did as he was told and put his money - $150 to $200 - and his jewelry on the bed.

At that point Ward told Negliaccio to stick out his tongue.

"He put the gun in my mouth and pulled the trigger," Negliaccio testified.

The bullet passed through his mouth, destroying a large portion of his tongue, and exited through the right side of his neck. Negliaccio showed Carter the scar from the exit wound.

Negliaccio spent nine days in York Hospital recuperating.

Ward is charged with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, theft, persons not to possess firearms, not to be carried without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer's number.

Carter dismissed a charge of receiving stolen property against Ward.

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