Son of man killed in Pike County shootout facing charges

Adrian Khillawan accused of tampering with evidence

SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - The son of a man who was shot-and-killed during a neighbor dispute in Pike County last year went before a judge Wednesday.

Adrian Khillawan is accused of removing evidence from the scene of the deadly shootout. 

Walking into court, Khillawan says he did nothing wrong.

"I'm innocent," Adrian Khillawan said.

On November 2, Khillawan's father Jeffrey VanSlyke died after getting into a shootout with his neighbor Howard McElnea in Dingman Township.

State police say both of those men were armed with guns and opened fire on each other after an argument that might have involved a fence.

Adrian Khillawan's legal trouble started immediately after his father was shot and killed.

Troopers say the 43-year-old tried to take the gun that was still in his dead father's hand, pointing it at several other people and threatening to kill them.

Khillawan is also accused of taking that gun from the shootout scene.

"This should have never happened. My dad was the one who died and the other guy got away," Khillawan said.

When asked if he took his father's gun, Khillawan replied, "I can't say nothing about that right now but it's unjustified, what happened!"

There were a number of people at district court Wednesday prepared to testify including state troopers and others before Adrian Khillawan decided to give up his right to a preliminary hearing.

Khillawan's attorney says he will now talk with the Pike County District Attorney to see if a plea deal can be worked out.

If that doesn't happen, the case will go to trial.

"It would be my practice of 28 years to always keep an open line of communication with the District Attorney. I believe that zealous representation requires that to always give client's options," Pike County Chief Public Defender Robert Bernathy said.

The other man involved in the deadly shootout, 78-year-old Howard McElnea, was also injured.

His family says he continues to recover. He is not currently charged in connection with the incident.

 


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