Philadelphia: Man on Trial for Shooting Fellow Church Member
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 May 27
A churchgoer in Philadelphia will stand trial after being accused of shooting and killing a fellow church member.
The Associated Press reports that Mark Storms, 46, who attends a church in North Wales in suburban Philadelphia, has been ordered to stand trial in July for shooting and killing 27-year-old Robert Braxton.
The sanctuary of Keystone Fellowship Church was reportedly packed with worshippers at the time of the shooting, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.
The conflict between Storms and Braxton reportedly began with Braxton entering the church in an irritated mood, cursing at church members.
Storms confronted Braxton for being verbally disruptive, warning Braxton that he had a concealed weapons permit and was carrying a handgun. According to court documents, Braxton then punched Storms, who responded by shooting Braxton twice, killing him.
A judge ordered Storms’ bail to be set at $250,000. Storms’ defense attorney, Vincent DiFabio, says he will argue that Storms killed Braxton out of self-defense.
Publication date: May 27, 2017