RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) - A Montgomery County attorney accused of shooting a Bucks County hunter to death on the first day of hunting season last November is headed to trial on charges that include involuntary manslaughter and firearms violations.
Defendant David Manilla (in file photo above) has waived his preliminary hearing in a Quakertown courtroom and will now stand trial on charges that he shot and killed Barry Groh, 52, on November 29th on land that Manilla owned in Richland Township (see related story).
Manilla has told investigators he had mistaken the Quakertown man for a deer.
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Groh’s wife, Theresa (above) — carrying the last picture that was taken of her and her husband at their son’s high school graduation last year — spoke outside the court.
“We’re doing all right,” she told reporters. “We are a family, we’re hanging together, we’re doing a lot of things together, going through everything together like Barry would want us to do.”
Manilla is a convicted felon who was not allowed to possess a firearm. Authorities also say he was using a high-powered rifle for hunting, which is illegal in Bucks County.
The Groh family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Manilla (see related story).
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.