Truck driver accused of killing pregnant Amish woman due for hearing in Pennsylvania

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MEADVILLE, Pa. — A motortruck driver accused of sidesplitting a pregnant Amish female successful her agrarian location successful February was expected to beryllium successful tribunal connected Friday arsenic a Pennsylvania judge considers whether investigators person capable grounds to beforehand nan charges toward trial.

Shawn C. Cranston, 52, is accused of killing Rebekah Byler and her unborn kid wrong nan Byler location adjacent Spartansburg connected Feb. 26.

District Judge Amy Nicols is scheduled to preside complete nan preliminary proceeding successful nan Crawford County Courthouse to determine if location is capable grounds to support those charges, arsenic good arsenic accusations of burglary and trespassing.

Byler, 23, had suffered caput and cervix wounds erstwhile her hubby and a family friend recovered her successful nan surviving room. The couple’s 2 young children were location but unharmed, constabulary said.

Byler’s defense attorney, nationalist defender Gary Alan Kern, did not respond to requests for remark this week. Crawford County District Attorney Paula C. DiGiacomo declined to comment.

In tribunal documents revenge for a hunt of nan execution scene, authorities constabulary said they recovered guns, ammunition, weapon parts and different items. Authorities person not indicated a imaginable motive.

Cranston lives successful Corry, astir 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Spartansburg. He has been successful nan region jailhouse without enslaved since being arrested March 2.

Byler appeared to have cutting wounds to her cervix and head, constabulary said, and the criminal complaint accused Cranston of “shooting her successful nan caput and/or slashing her throat.”

The Associated Press

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