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Trial set for hunter in shooting case

August 22, 2012
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - An Ephratah turkey hunter faces a Fulton County Court trial Monday in a 2011 assault case.

Jury selection will begin Monday morning before Judge Richard C. Giardino in the case of Richard A. Paddon Jr. He faces two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and third-degree reckless endangerment.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis will appear for the prosecution.

Schenectady attorney Michael T. Horan is representing the defendant, who was indicted by a county grand jury April 20.

Authorities said Paddon on May 14, 2011, recklessly caused injury to a victim while hunting wild turkey in an open field at 162 Hill Road in Ephratah.

Police said he fired a 12-gauge shotgun and hit the victim - Dale S. Gray Jr. - in the back and head. The indictment stated Paddon fired "without sufficiently identifying his target."



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