- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man is asking a judge to bar prosecutors from using an alleged confession in a shooting death in his home.

Thirty-two-year-old Eric Fennell is charged with criminal homicide in Westmoreland County in the January shooting death of his friend, 27-year-old Fidel Velez.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1qnxd6h ) reports that Fennell alleges that police didn’t inform him about his right against self-incrimination.

A state police officer, however, testified Monday in Westmoreland County that after Fennell learned that Velez had died, he tearfully said he had accidentally shot the victim.

Defense attorney L.A. Smith said Fennell is not guilty, and the shooting “appears to be accidental.”

The judge set bond at $75,000 for Fennell, who has been held without bail since his arrest a day after the shooting.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com


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