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.