Charges filed in Bedford shooting
Two men are facing felony charges in connection to a Bedford County shooting, which occurred as a group of activists traveled through Bedford in August, court documents stated.
Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts announced Friday her office filed criminal charges against Schellsburg resident Terry L. Myers, 51, and Orsino V. Thurman, 37, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Myers was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Tonya Osman on more than 40 charges, including aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, court documents state.
Thurman was charged with eight crimes, including aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Both defendants were charged with criminal mischief, court documents state.
“The charges filed against Mr. Myers and Mr. Thurman are based upon the facts of the case, not emotion or popular opinion,” Childers-Potts said in a news release. “I was not willing to make a charging decision based upon incomplete information. My office does everything we can to ensure that investigations and prosecutions are unbiased, and this case was no different.”
About 11:30 p.m. on
Aug. 24, Myers allegedly confronted a group of activists traveling on foot through Bedford County. Police reported Myers said he repeatedly asked the group to stop trespassing on his property.
Myers allegedly fired a shotgun into the crowd after he thought he saw two muzzle flashes coming from an individual within the crowd, Pennsylvania State Police reported.
One of the activists, Cino Thurman, was shot in the face and transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where he recovered, according to WTAJ.
State police reportedly investigated the incident for eight months prior to Childers-Potts filing charges.
“I personally reviewed every piece of evidence, including over 700 pages of written reports prepared by the Pennsylvania State Police,” Childers-Potts said in a news release. “Where someone lives or who they know is not relevant in our prosecutions. Seeking truth and justice and doing the right thing for the right reason are important in every case.”
Meyers was released on a $75,000 unsecured bail, court documents stated.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 9 for Myers, and Thurman’s preliminary hearing had not been scheduled yet, court documents stated.