Man ordered to stand trial in death of gun shop owner

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An Indiana County man has been ordered to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a gun shop owner, a case in which the district attorney may pursue the death penalty.

Jack Edmundson Jr., 43, of Saltsburg, was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Friday where state police testified about a surveillance video that captured the shooting.

Police said the video clearly shows Mr. Edmundson grabbing a gun from a display case Dec. 31 and shooting Frank Petro, 62, at Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy in Conemaugh, Indiana County.

Mr. Edmundson called 911 and claimed to have been defending himself from an attack, but state Trooper Robert Valyo said that account wasn’t consistent with the video. Police believe Mr. Edmundson shot Petro after the suspect extorted more than $130,000 from Petro by pretending to be an undercover officer investigating Petro’s winnings in an illegal lottery.


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