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Public defender appointed in shooting-range killing case

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Raymond Peake Raymond Peake
Todd Getgen Todd Getgen

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) - A public defender will represent the former Camp Hill prison corrections officer accused of murdering an Enola attorney at a Cumberland County shooting range last summer.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Skip Ebert granted Raymond Peake's request Wednesday after reviewing documents indicating Peake and his wife earned $104,000 in 2009 from their salaries, Social Security benefits, and Peake's military pension.

Peake and his wife earned $84,000 in 2010, even though he was in prison for nearly half of the year, according to the documents.

Peake, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the killing, had claimed he didn't have the money to hire another attorney. His previous attorney is not qualified to handle death penalty cases in Pennsylvania.

Ebert said in his ruling that he did not want to financially burden Peake's wife because she is an innocent party in the case.

Peake pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of Todd Getgen during the arraignment Wednesday. Ebert set a trial date of April 25, but District Attorney Dave Freed said the trial will likely be delayed.

Prosecutors accuse Peake of killing the 42-year-old on a North Middleton Township shooting range in July and are seeking the death penalty because the murder occurred during the commission of another felony, the theft of Getgen's custom AR-15 rifle.

Authorities said the gun was recovered from a storage unit rented by Peake.

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