Father to be tried in death of daughter shot by constable

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2016 1:16 AM

(Enola) -- The father of a 12-year-old midstate girl accidentally shot by a constable serving eviction papers has been ordered to stand trial on homicide charges in her death. 

A judge has upheld charges including criminal homicide and aggravated assault against 58-year-old Donald Meyer in the January 11 death of Ciara Meyer. 

Authorities say Meyer pointed a loaded rifle at a constable, who fired a shot that traveled through Meyer's arm and struck the girl, who was standing behind her father. 

An apartment complex employee testified that video of the confrontation shows the girl crying "Dad, Dad, please stop'' and trying to grab her father's arm before the shot.  

Meyer called the case "a big cover-up'' after the hearing and blamed the constable, who isn't facing any charges. 

Ciara Meyer's family has said it does not blame the law officer for her death or have "any hard feelings toward him."

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