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Judge Decides On Gun Purchase Forms

Judge Elizabeth Doyle has decided to allow a case revolving around alleged gun straw purchases to move forward.

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY – Judge Elizabeth Doyle has decided to allow a case revolving around alleged gun straw purchases to move forward.

Blair County prosecutors are accusing Brenda E. Schulz of Hollidaysburg of buying a gun under her name with the intent of giving it to her boyfriend, Jeffrey Lee Michael, who later went on a killing spree with that gun in Geeseytown a little less than one year ago.

Michael killed 3 people with that gun and injured 3 troopers before being shot dead by a trooper shortly thereafter.

Schulz attorney says his client was confused by what he called a vague gun purchase form, and didn’t know she was allegedly breaking the law.

“To be more accurate we challenged the constitutionality of the statute as it applies to her conduct,” said Lucas Kelleher, Shultz’s attorney. “But in conduct of a similar nature that she would not be aware if she’s violating a criminal law or not.”

Kelleher added he does not plan on changing strategies as the case moves to a trial.

“Our position is that Brenda has not committed a crime here,” he added. “We wanted charges dismissed through legal means rather than through trial by jury and that’s where we stand now.”

Schulz is now scheduled for a trial list review on January 6, 2014.

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