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An Amish man Clearing Gun Charged in Girl's Death

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Chee-to, May 30, 2012.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    How not to clear your weapon

    Ohioan Clearing Gun Charged in Amish Girl's Death

    Ohioan Clearing Gun Charged in Amish Girl's Death - ABC News

    An Amish man who fired a shot into the air as he cleared his rifle was charged Tuesday with reckless homicide in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl who was driving a horse-drawn buggy home from a Christmas party more than a mile away when she was struck.

    Holmes County prosecutor Steve Knowling said the third-degree felony count against 28-year-old Marion R. Yoder comes after examining recently completed ballistics evidence and an autopsy report on Rachel Yoder, of Fredricksburg. The two aren't related.

    Authorities said Rachel Yoder was driving a horse-drawn buggy home in Wayne County from an employee party last December. She dropped off a friend before she was shot around 10 p.m., about three miles from her home. Police said she fell out of the buggy after the horse carted her home. Her brother noticed the horse and buggy going in a circle and found the unresponsive teen on the ground. She died a day later.

    Authorities first thought she might have fallen from the buggy and hit her head, but an autopsy report concluded she died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled her death a homicide.

    Marion Yoder was clearing a round out of his muzzle-loading rifle following a hunting trip and fired a shot into the air more than a mile from the girl, Knowling said. There's no evidence Marion Yoder accidentally shot the gun, Knowling said.

    Knowling said he examined extensive ballistics evidence and Rachel Yoder's final autopsy report before filing the charge. If found guilty, Marion Yoder could face several years in prison, though it's unclear how many because of recent changes to state law on reckless homicide charges.

    Lt. Richard Haun of the Holmes County Sheriff's Office said a warrant for Marion Yoder's arrest will be processed in the next few days. He said Marion Yoder has been cooperative with officials, and they expect him to turn himself in. He has no attorney listed yet, Haun said.

    "We've been in contact with both families several times," he said. "This is an unfortunate incident for both the victim's family and Mr. Yoder's family."

    The shooting occurred amid a rash of beard-cutting attacks against Amish men in a feud over church discipline. Authorities had previously said there was no indication that Rachel Yoder's death was related, but the mystery of the shooting left some Amish shaken.
     
  2. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    Huh?

    Was he spotlighting with a whale oil lantern?
     
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  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The only practical way to clear a loaded round from a muzzle loader is to fire the weapon. The only other is to put a screw on the end of a cleaning rod and try to screw it into the Ball or Slug and pull it out the barrel. This should only be attempted after putting oil in the touch hole or through the nipple to try to deactivate the powder. Otherwise you are trying to pull apart a loaded weapon from the muzzle end.

    The guys mistake was shooting up in the air and not down into the ground. A stupid bone head mistake.
     
  4. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Actually, there is another way to clear a muzzle loader if it's a cap type. It involves applying air pressure to the cap nipple and results in the ball and powder blowing out at lower velocity. I've even seen a hand tool that uses CO2 cartridges that is made to do the same thing. Works quite well.
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    OK thats a new one on me. I shot Muzzle loaders in competition for 15 years but its been a while since I did that. And I never paid much attention to anything Muzzle Loader / Blackpowder made after about 1900.
     
  6. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    So, since he intentionally pulled the trigger and admitted to doing that it is wreckless homicide as opposed to negligent homicide? Note to self: If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you didn't intend to pull the trigger.

    Poor girl. It should be the victim's family that should determine how far the punishment should go.
     
  7. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    My money is on that he murdered her on purpose and this is the best he could do for an alibi/excuse.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    From a mile away?
     
  9. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    According to him.
     
  10. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    The ballistics data the prosecuter has ought easily solve that issue.