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Trial date set in attempted murder case

December 23, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A trial date has been set for a Fulton County man already serving a state prison sentence for attempted murder, this time on charges that he attempted to hire someone to kill the person he tried to kill.

Gregory Aaron Rouzer, 40, formerly of Harrisonville, Pa., was convicted in August of attempted homicide and assault charges for shooting Randy Walters in February. His trial on charges including criminal solicitation to commit homicide has been scheduled for April 8 and 9, said his attorney, Eric Weisbrod.

Rouzer appeared Friday before Franklin County Judge Douglas W. Herman, Weisbrod said. His case was postponed to the March trial term and a trial date was set, Weisbrod said.

Rouzer shot Walters three times outside Walters' Sipes Mill Road home on Feb. 7, according to court records. Rouzer was convicted in Fulton County Court and sentenced to a minimum of 14 years and seven months in prison.

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While awaiting trial in Franklin County Jail for the shooting, Rouzer plotted to have Walters killed, Pennsylvania State Police said. An inmate told police March 12 that Rouzer had asked if he knew anyone who could keep Walters from testifying, police said.

Calls that Rouzer made from jail to a friend, Mildred Tressler of Mercersburg, Pa., also were monitored, according to court records. An undercover officer posing as someone willing to commit a murder-for-hire later met with Tressler, police said.

Tressler also has been charged in the case. Her trial also was tentatively scheduled for April, pending a motion by the District Attorney's Office to consolidate her case with that of Rouzer, Weisbrod said.

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