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Pa. man faces court in town meeting slayings

November 14, 2013
Associated Press

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in eastern Pennsylvania faces a preliminary hearing.

Fifty-nine-year-old Rockne Newell is scheduled to appear Thursday in a Monroe County courtroom, where a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Police say Newell packed a rental car with guns and ammunition before opening fire at the Ross Township municipal building Aug. 5, killing 62-year-old township zoning officer David Fleetwood and two Saylorsburg residents.

Newell had lost his property in a court battle with the township over longstanding complaints that he lived in a storage shed, built an illegal culvert and used a bucket outside as a toilet.

He has said he regrets that "innocent people got hurt," but claimed township officials persecuted him.



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