Man to be extradited in ’20 shooting
From Mirror staff reports
A Wisconsin resident accused of exchanging gunfire with a Schellsburg resident during a Black Lives Matter march last year will be extradited to Bedford County to face charges, District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts announced.
Orsino Von Thurman, 38, of Milwaukee, is wanted for his part in an altercation with Terry Myers, 51, of Schellsburg, during the march along Route 30.
Thurman was among a group of about 30 activists who stopped in Schellsburg between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 2020, while on the way to a Black Lives Matter rally in Washington, D.C.
According to state police reports, the group stopped on Myers’ property along Route 30 and Myers accused the activists of trespassing, allegedly firing two warning shots from a 12-gauge shotgun. Police accuse Thurman of returning fire from a handgun.
Police said Myers allegedly fired a third round toward Thurman, striking him in the face and torso.
During the investigation, police allegedly recovered a firearm at the scene that contained Thurman’s DNA.
For his role in the melee, Thurman faces two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering, possession of a firearm prohibited (due to three prior convictions), criminal mischief, defiant trespass, aggravated assault and attempts to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon.
According to a statement from Childers-Potts, the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office has worked in conjunction with Illinois authorities and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office to obtain a governor’s warrant to have Thurman returned to Bedford County, stating the warrant was necessary due to Thurman refusing to consent to the extradition.
The warrant was successfully obtained, and it was served on Thurman last week, Childers-Potts said.
Thurman, who was out on bail in an Illinois case, is no longer entitled to bail and will be held in jail until Illinois authorities notify the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office that Thurman is available to be picked up, and he will then be extradited back to Bedford County, Childers-Potts said.
Court documents state the majority of charges against Myers, including a felony charge of aggravated assault with attempts to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon, were dropped because many prosecution witnesses failed to show up for a June 9 preliminary hearing before Bedford County Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham Jr.