Man waives assault charges to court

CLEARFIELD — A Morris­dale man accused of shooting at his stepson after an argument waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County.

Leslie Wayne Conklin, 61, is charged with criminal attempt-criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with an incident March 13 at his home in Morrisdale.

He remains in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $300,000, bail.

The victim told police that when he was leaving for work that morning, his truck scraped Conklin’s car and struck the house, according to the affidavit of probable cause. He then went to work where he notified his insurance company.

After he arrived home that evening, he and Conklin got into an argument. When the victim mentioned how Conklin treats his mother, Conklin reportedly grabbed him by the throat. The victim was able to push Conklin off, causing him to fall on the floor.

Conklin got up and went back to his room. Because Conklin was yelling at his mother, the victim yelled at him to leave her alone.

Conklin then came at the victim again, allegedly grabbing him by the throat until he was pushed to the ground. Conklin complained of his head hurting before he got up and went back to his room where he got his gun, according to police.

The victim said he was outside standing by his truck when Conklin reportedly fired one shot at him. His mother pulled her vehicle between the two of them, but Conklin allegedly fired a second shot toward the victim.

The victim’s mother corroborated his story, adding that as the situation escalated, she suggested they leave the home.

She said before Conklin shot the second time, he said, “I’m going to get you, big boy.”