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Donald Meyer Homicide Trial Begins Today in Lycoming County

A Pennsylvania Man is Charged in the Death of his Daughter

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - Today makes the beginning of a trial for a Pennsylvania man charged in the death of his 12 year old daughter.

What makes this case so unusual..the girl was shot by a constable serving her father eviction papers.

Perry County prosecutors say 60 year old Donald Meyer pointed a loaded rifle at the constable, while serving an eviction notice back on January 11, 2016.

The constable then fired a shot at Meyer...which went through his arm..hitting his 12 year old daughter Ciara, who was standing behind Meyer.

The first witness called by the prosecution was Ashley Hill, the property manager at the apartment complex where the shooting went down.

She recorded several videos of the confrontation between Meyer and the constable, which were shown throughout the trial.

Hill said Meyer knew what was going to happen that day because, "He thought everyone was out to get him..Donald had an anti-government attitude,".

Following Hill, several other witnesses took a stand..including the constable, Clark Steele.

According to Steele, this wasn't his first interaction with Meyer.

But on January 11, when he came to escort him out of his apartment, Stelle says Meyer says, "Well that's not going to happen today."
He also says, "I don't remember drawing my weapon. I pulled the trigger and never even heard the gunshot."

That was the gunshot that went through Ciara's chest, killing her.

Richard Pickles, Penn Township Police chief at the time says when he went to check on Ciara, "she was ash and pale and I reached out to her neck to see if I could feel aa pulse and I picked her up and she was like a rag doll...she had no pulse."
 

 


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