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Pa. man pleads not guilty in shooting

July 25, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrtanna, Pa., man charged with shooting another man in the tongue in May pleaded not guilty to all charges against him Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

Joseph Ward Jr., 45, of 317 Poplar Springs Road, is being held in Franklin County Prison on $1 million bail on charges of criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide and aggravated assault following the May 18 shooting at Carson's Motel in Chambersburg.

Police filed additional charges against him last month, including robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, person not to possess a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer's number, according to court records.

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He is being held on $100,000 bail on those charges, which police said were the result of an ongoing investigation into the shooting.

Ward's case will be listed in the September trial term, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Ward is accused of shooting Dominick A. Negliaccio, 25, through the tongue at Carson's Motel, 414 W. Loudon St., on the morning of May 18, police said.

Negliaccio, of 165 Sherwood Ave., St. Thomas, Pa., told police the shooter told him to open his mouth and stick out his tongue and then shot him. The bullet passed through his mouth, destroying a large portion of his tongue, and exited through the right side of his neck, according to police.

He had been shot in the mouth in Room 105, which he had rented earlier, court records show.

Negliaccio spent several days in the trauma surgical intensive care unit at York Hospital in York, Pa., recovering from the bullet wound.

Ward denied being responsible for the shooting and said after returning from Sheetz with Negliaccio, he was shot by a third unknown subject waiting inside the room, according to court records.

Ward told police he could not describe the subject because the lights were off in the room, but that he was able to wrestle the gun away from the unknown subject, according to court records. Ward then fled the area, court records show.

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