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Documents: suspects deny involvement in Chambersburg murder

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Karl Varner (left) and Jason Shauf Karl Varner (left) and Jason Shauf
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A Franklin County man charged with a murder in Chambersburg admitted he drove a friend to 310 East King Street, but denies he took part in a robbery at the home Monday night, according to charging documents.

Jason C. Shauf, 38, also told police that Karl Varner fired a gun inside the home, but said he was not aware that Varner had shot and killed one of the residents, documents state.

Shauf and Varner, 54, have each been charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery, burglary, and criminal conspiracy.

Police said the two went into 310 East King armed with guns and demanded to see "El Gallo," then forced six people in the home to the second floor while demanding money and other property.

Shauf fired a gunshot into a bedroom ceiling during the incident, and Varner shot and killed the victim in the bathroom, according to police. The name of the deceased man was not immediately released.

Court documents state that one of the witnesses recognized Shauf, who was arrested at his home on Sollenberger Road Tuesday morning and later admitted he was in the home with Varner, but denied that he was armed.

Varner was also interviewed by police after he was arrested Tuesday at his home on East McKinley Street.

He denied any knowledge of the shooting or being anywhere near the East King Street home, but claimed he was intoxicated the previous night, passed out at Shauf's home, and walked home the next morning, police said in the documents.

Varner also claimed that Shauf was "setting him up" for something he didn't do, and he denied owning or possessing any firearms, documents state.

Police said they recovered a .410 shotgun and a .22 magnum revolver, both consistent with evidence from the murder scene, during a search of his home.

Both suspects are being held in the Franklin County Prison without bail.

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