Arraignments set for two charged with criminal homicide

June 15, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two men charged with criminal homicide in separate cases were scheduled for preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court.

In the morning, Gerald Buterbaugh, who police say hit a man outside a Metal Township, Pa., bar, had his charge bound over for mandatory arraignment July 28.

Michael Harrigan, 29, waived his afternoon hearing and also was scheduled for mandatory arraignment July 28.

Pennsylvania State Police previously said Buterbaugh, 41, of Hustontown, Pa., hit Dale Steven Henry, 32, outside Hillside Tavern on Memorial Day. Henry, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., was flown by helicopter to Altoona (Pa.) Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later that day.

Buterbaugh was represented by Chambersburg attorney Chris Sheffield in the morning hearing.

Sheffield said two troopers testified about Henry's death and the circumstances in which Buterbaugh turned himself in at a state police barrack.


Harrigan, of 13799 Blue Ridge Ave., was charged by Washington Township, Pa., police in the May 27 shooting death of his neighbor. Police said the first officer responding to the neighborhood, near the Mason-Dixon Line in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., saw a man in the roadway and determined he was dead.

The victim was identified as 47-year-old Steven Wetzel.

Harrigan is being represented by attorney James Reed of Hagerstown.

At mandatory arraignment, a defendant can enter a plea of guilty and be scheduled for sentencing, or plead not guilty and be scheduled for trial or request a continuance.

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