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Pa. man waives hearing in wife's shooting death

July 08, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Kristin Runyon
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A St. Thomas, Pa., man charged with manslaughter in the death of his 27-year-old wife waived his arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Christopher Thomas Jones, 31, with both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 25 shooting death of Kristin Runyon. Police said the shooting occurred in the couple's home on Sunflower Circle in St. Thomas Township.

Jones is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 23, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said.

However, Sulcove said she plans to work with Jones' defense attorney, David Keller of Waynesboro, Pa., to take care of some arrangements before then.

"I think we're going to try to get a trial date set in advance," she said, saying they need to set aside a few days.

Keller did not return a message seeking comment.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, police wrote that Jones called 911 at about 5 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to seek emergency help for Runyon. They wrote that Jones told investigators he awoke after hitting "snooze" twice on an alarm clock, then heard noises on the first floor as he was getting up.

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Jones told police he removed a .40-caliber pistol from a bedside table and moved to the bedroom door, from where he saw a human figure "running toward him" in the dark hallway, the affidavit states.

Jones shot the person from 2 to 4 feet away and heard the person fall to the floor, the affidavit states.

Jones turned on the bedroom light, saw he had shot his wife and called 911, police said in the affidavit.

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