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Man to face court in shooting death of father

Published November 08. 2011 05:00PM

A Schuylkill County man will face a charge of criminal homicide and other counts in the county court following a preliminary hearing held yesterday.

Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 39, of Molino, has been charged by state police at Frackville with fatally shooting his father, Franklin Stumhofer Sr., 61, of 6 Log Lane, New Ringgold, West Penn Township, on Sept. 7 about 1 p.m. at his father's home.

The hearing was before District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg.

After listening to about 90 minutes of testimony presented by the district attorney's office, Ferrier ruled that all charges filed against the defendant be certified to court.

In addition to the homicide charge, Stumhofer is also facing three counts of attempted homicide, four each of aggravated and simple assault and five of recklessly endangering another person.

The attempted homicide charges and related offenses stem from an incident the same day when Stumhofer allegedly fired at three people in a vehicle in Hamburg following the shooting in West Penn Township.

Troopers said he shot his father during an argument over money.

Investigators said the defendant went to his father's home to borrow money. The father refused and slammed the front door in his face.

Stumhofer then fired shots into the door, striking and killing his father, troopers said.

After the shooting, Stumhofer went to Hamburg where he fired three shots into a pickup truck driven by his brother-in-law, Larry G. Miller, 42, of Hamburg.

Others in the truck were Samuel Stumhofer, 35, of Temple, Berks County, and Blain Schneck, 19, troopers said.

Stumhofer then drove to the Hamburg barracks of the state police and turned himself in.

Following the hearing, Stumhofer was returned to the county prison where he has been held without bail since his arrest the day of the incident.

No bail is set in homicide cases in which first degree murder is charged.

District Attorney James P. Goodman has not yet decided if he will seek the death penalty in the case.

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