Hearing set for man charged with attempted murder in Pa.

February 19, 2008|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Feb. 25, for a Harrisonville, Pa., being held on $1 million bail in connection with the attempted murder of a Fulton County man earlier this month.

Gregory Aaron Rouzer, 40, of 1291 Possum Hollow Road, was arrested Friday evening near Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital by Pennsylvania State Police. He was accompanied by his attorney and a family friend when he was taken into custody, said Trooper Richard Cutchall of the state police barracks in Fulton County.

"The initial arrangements were that he was to turn himself in at our barracks," Cutchall said. The attorney then informed police that they were instead going to the hospital, he said.

"I'm not sure why they were taking him to the hospital," Cutchall said. Trooper Ed Asbury of the Chambersburg barracks said Rouzer was taken into custody without a struggle.


Police in Fulton County charged Rouzer with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the Feb. 7 shooting of Randolph Walters at Walters' home on Sipes Mill Road. Walters was hit in the elbow, upper arm and neck by shots fired from a .22-caliber rifle, police said.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that Walters' girlfriend awakened him at about 7:30 a.m. and told him that someone was hiding behind a shed. Walters went outside with a shotgun and saw that it was Rouzer, whom police said he knew.

When Walters told Rouzer to get up, Rouzer said, "Shhhh, I'm waiting for you," the affidavit stated. Rouzer then fired, hitting Walters in the right elbow, police said.

Walters was backpedaling when he fired back with the shotgun, but he did not think he hit Rouzer. As he turned to run, Walters was hit in the left arm and neck, police said.

Walters was taken to York (Pa.) Hospital after the shooting and has been released, Cutchall said.

Cutchall said he did not know a possible motive for the shooting.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson in McConnellsburg.

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