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Pa. man accused of killing 3 to go to trial

November 14, 2013
Associated Press

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of killing three people in a summertime shooting rampage has been ordered to stand trial.

Fifty-nine-year-old Rockne Newell was ordered to be tried on three counts of homicide and six counts of attempted homicide, among other charges, for the Aug. 5 attack on a meeting in Ross Township.

The decision came Thursday after prosecutors played disturbing audio of people screaming, tables being overturned and gunfire.

A woman who had been shot in the leg could be heard on the tape begging her husband to breathe and "stay with me." He died.

Prosecutors say Newell was upset over the loss of his debris-strewn property after a lengthy court battle with the township.

Monroe County District Attorney David Christine says he intends to pursue the death penalty against Newell.



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