Reckless Homicide Charge Filed in Death of Amish Teen

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HOLMES COUNTY, Ohio — An Amish man has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of a 15-year-old Amish girl who was shot in the head in December of last year.

Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling tells Fox 8 News that Marion R. Yoder, 28, of Holmes County, was charged with the crime after reviewing ballistic and autopsy reports in the death of Rachel Yoder.

According to Knowling, Marion Yoder was clearing a muzzle-loading rifle he owns after going hunting in December of 2011. Yoder fired a shot into the air to clear the rifle and the bullet struck the teen in the head as she rode in a buggy.

An arrest warrant will be issued on Tuesday for Yoder, according to Knowling, and he then will be sought for arrest by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

Rachel Yoder suffered the gun shot while on her way home from a Christmas party for employees at an area produce shop. The teen was discovered on the ground near her buggy

According to Knowling the bullet traveled approximately 1.1 to 1.2 miles before striking and killing Yoder.


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