Man Charged in Amish Girl’s Shooting Death

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio -- Five months after an Amish girl was shot in the head, a Wayne County man is charged in connection with her death.

Tuesday night, Marion Yoder, 28, of Fredericksburg, turned himself into authorities after an arrest warrant was issued.

Yoder has since entered a not guilty plea to a charge of reckless homicide.

In December 2011, 15-year-old Rachel Yoder, of Fredericksburg, was on her way home from a Christmas party in a buggy when she was hit in the head by a bullet.

Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling said Marion Yoder, who is not related to the victim, was discharging a muzzleloader at his home when he fired into the air. The bullet traveled more than a mile away.

"It was an accident, no doubt about it, but he still did something stupid, and he's going to have to pay a little bit of the penalty for it," said one neighbor.

"Obviously, this is a very unfortunate chain of events. But he put that chain of events in motion when he fired the rifle into the air in a populated area," said Knowling. "He was in the process of discharging the round from the muzzle loader, and it’s my understanding that that’s what needs to be done, but obviously, you don’t shoot it into the air. You shoot it into the ground or other object."

Marion Yoder is out on bond. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 13.

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