LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Jurors in central Pennsylvania are to resume deliberations Wednesday in the death penalty trial of a man charged in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.
The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (http://bit.ly/W7g6bq ) says the panel considered the case all day after receiving final instructions Tuesday morning without reaching a verdict in the case of 23-year-old Mathew Becker.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman is seeking a first-degree murder conviction, saying Becker deliberately fired the bullet that killed 21-year-old Allison Walsh and her unborn daughter in their Mastersonville home in August 2001.
Defense attorneys say the newly purchased handgun went off while Becker was showing it to Walsh. Dennis Charles says his client should be facing nothing more than a negligence charge.
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