Monday, November 3, 2014

Missouri Woman Charged with Criminal Homicide

(Photo Credit: Allegheny County Police)Local news reports

The attorney representing a Missouri woman charged in the early morning death of her cousin in western Pennsylvania calls it the result of an accidental shooting.
Twenty-eight-year-old Stephanie Munizza of Maryland Heights is charged with criminal homicide in Allegheny County in the 4 a.m. Saturday shooting death of 27-year-old Joshua Poremski in Upper St. Clair.
Investigators said in a criminal complaint that the two had been talking about Munizza possibly getting a concealed carry permit, and Poremski offered his gun to her.
Witnesses told police that she gripped the gun with two hands and pointed it at him, and he asked her whether she would be able to shoot someone, and the gun discharged.
Defense attorney David Shrager called the death “a terrible, terrible tragedy” but said it was accidental.
“Even the parents of the descendant are insisting that this was an accident and don’t want her in jail,” said Shrager.
Police say the shooting happened after both cousins were heavily drinking.

6 comments:

  1. "Witnesses told police that she gripped the gun with two hands and pointed it at him, and he asked her whether she would be able to shoot someone, and the gun discharged."

    Guess the answer was yes. I wonder if the VPC will put this on their inflated database because she was talking about getting a permit.

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    1. I thought the expression "the gun discharged" was particularly inaccurate in this case.

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  2. Getting a gun safety class at 4am while sitting around a campfire, (cough, alcohol,cough) isn't usually a good idea.

    “It can only be described as a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said attorney David Shrager. “My client was with her cousin, hanging out after a family party. They were around a fire, and they were playing with a firearm and the allegations are the firearm discharged and her cousin was killed.”

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/11/01/woman-charged-in-upper-st-clair-mans-shooting-death/

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  3. "Witnesses told police that she gripped the gun with two hands and pointed it at him, and he asked her whether she would be able to shoot someone, and the gun discharged."

    This was no accident. I wonder how many killers SAY it was an accident? The police seem to accept that excuse, especially with no witnesses.

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  4. "The police seem to accept that excuse, especially with no witnesses."

    Not in this case, apparently.

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    1. This case had witnesses.

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