- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Jurors have convicted a central Pennsylvania man of third-degree murder in the death of a woman described as an innocent bystander.

Twenty-six-year-old Christopher Schwenk Jr. was charged in York County with first- and third-degree murder in the November 2013 death of 49-year-old Monique Nixon.

Prosecutors alleged that he intended to shoot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend but hit Nixon.

Defense attorney Sandra Thompson argued that her client didn’t fire a weapon - but if he did, it was in self-defense. She also pointed to DNA from other people on the gun.

After two days of deliberations, jurors convicted Schwenk on Monday of third-degree murder but acquitted him of first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Thompson told PennLive.com that there are appeal issues to pursue because “there is reasonable double a-plenty in this case.”


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