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Suspect headed to trial in Chambersburg murder case

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The man jailed for a shooting death in Chambersburg over the summer is headed to trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Kevin D. Rouner, 37, of Gardners, was ordered held for court during a preliminary hearing before a district judge Wednesday.

A formal arraignment in Franklin County court was set for Dec. 4.

Rouner is accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun at 44-year-old David Gipe from the driver's side of a dark SUV and killing Gipe in front of his home at 354 W. King Street on the night of July 18.

According to charging documents, Rouner had been having an extramarital affair with Gipe's wife.

He told police he had ended the one-time relationship, that he was not in Chambersburg on the night of the killing, and did not own or have access to a gun, according to the criminal complaint.

However, police said text messages between Rouner and the victim's wife indicated the affair had continued, and phone records placed him in the area of West King Street at the time of the killing, the complaint states.

Authorities also said Rouner had borrowed a 12-gauge shotgun from a relative, and gunshot residue was found in a Dodge Durango he had borrowed from his parents but denied driving during a police interview, according to the complaint.

Rouner surrendered to police in Jacksonville, Florida on Aug. 3. and was extradited back to Pennsylvania.

He remains in the Franklin County Jail without bail.


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