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Manilla Facts A

Manilla Facts A

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Commonwealthv.DavidManilla
2011-0790
COMMONWEALTHSTATEMENTOFFACTSAffiantsareBucksCountyDetectivesMartinMcDonoughandRobertPottsNovember29,20100:530AM*Defendantarrivedathis1155CaliforniaRoadpropertytohunt.ThispropertyislocatedinRichlandTownship,BucksCounty.Manillafirsthuntedalonewhilewaitingforhisfriendstoarrive.ManillawasarmedwithashotgunallegedlybelongingtoBarbaraFletcher.Manillastatedthathedidnotfiretheshotgunwhilehewasbyhimselfduringthispartofthehunt.Thoughheisafelonnottopossess,defendantwashuntingwithalawfullyissuedlicense.10:15AM*BarryGrohtaggedhisdeerindicatingthetimethathekilledhisbuck.
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Grohwashuntingwithalawfullyissuedhuntinglicense.10:28AMBarryGrohcalledwifeTheresaGrohandtoldherthathehadshotabuck,andaskedhertosendtheirsonJustintothelocationtoassisthimwiththedeer.AfterthecallBarryGrohwouldhavelikelydraggedhisdeerfromtheplacewhereheshotittothelocationwhereitwasultimatelyfoundinthecreekalongsidehisbody.10:30AM*Membersofthedefendant'shuntingparty,hisuncle,MikeMarinoandRobertMonesteroarriveattheManillafarmandmeetwithDavidManillaforthehuntonhisCaliforniaRoadproperty.'10:45AM*Thethreebeginhuntingthe1155CaliforniaRoadproperty.Atthispointinthehunt,Manillaisstillarmedwithhis12gaugeshotgun.MarinoandMonesterowereeachcarryingashotgun.Afterthefirstdrive,thethreereturnedtotheclubhouse,abuildinglocatedatthetopoftheCaliforniaRoadproperty,whereManillaexchangedtheshotgunforaRemingtonpumpactionriflewithascope.Theriflewaschamberedforthe.30-06Springfieldcartridge.AccordingtothePennsylvaniaGameCode,itisillegaltohuntwiththishighpoweredrifleinBucksCountyduetoitspopulationdensity.11:00AM*Manilla'sneighbor,BrianSchrierwashuntingfromatreestandonhispropertyadjacent,andtothewestoftheManillapropertywhenheobservedManillaapproachhispropertycarryingapumpaction.30-06rifle.Mr.Schrierwaslawfullyhuntingonhisownpropertyfromatreestandwithhistwoteenagedaughtersthatmorning.WhenManillaapproachedSchrier,ManillawascarryinghisriflepointedinSchrier'sdirection.SchriernoticedthatManillawasarinedwithanillegalrifle.SchrieraskedManillatopointtheguninasafedirection,andaskedhimwhyhewasarmedwitharifle,awarethatitwasillegaltohunt
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ConfirmedbybothMarinoinhisfirstinterviewandManillainhisfirstinterview,Monesterostatedtheygottherenear
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witharifleinthatarea.ManillatoldSchrierthathewashuntingwithtwofriends,includingtheformerDA.(MikeMarinoistheformerMontgomeryCountyDistrictAttorneyandCountyCommissioner).ManillatoldSchrierthathehadshotabuckthatmorningandwaslookingforit,andthatwasthereasonhewascarryingtherifle.ManillaandMonesteroleaveSchrierandcontinuetohunt.Shortlythereafter,Manillafiresashotwithhis.30-06rifle.Monestero,whowasnearwhereManillahadfiredtheshotatthetimeoftheshot,alsodidnotseeadeer.MarinohearsarifleshotfromthedirectionwhereManillawashunting,butneversawanydeerinthatareaeither.ThisshotbytheDefendantwasactuallyaimedbytheDefendantinthegeneraldirectionwhereMr.Schrierandhistwoteenagedaughterswerehuntingfromtheirtreestand.ManillalatershowedDetectivesthedirectioninwhichhehadfiredthisshot.[defendant'sfirstshotdiagram]Afterthisshotwasfired,thethree(3)menreturnedtotheATVonManilla'sproperty,mountedtheATVwithMarinoridingonthefront,Manilladriving,andMonesteroontheback,andtraversedthecornfieldnearthewoodsonthelowerleftsideoftheManillaproperty.AccordingtoMarinoandMonestero,immediatelyafterfiringtheshot,Manillawalkeddowntothecreek,andcrossedthecreekwhileMarinoandMonesterostayedwiththeATV.Afterafewminutes,MarinoheardManillayell"Mandowninthecreek."MarinoandMonesterothenwalkedtothecreekwhereManillawasstandingandobservedthevictim,lyingonhisbackinthecreek.Allthreemenobservedbloodcomingfromtheleftsideofthevictim'sbodyandintothewater.Monesteroobservedwhathebelievedtobeagunshotwoundtothevictim'sleftshoulder.Marinonoticedanorangevestonthecreekbankinfrontofthevictim.Thevictim'sorangehatwaslayingontherightsideofhisbodyonthegroundbetweenhimandhisdeer.12:00PM*DuringthedriveManillastoppedtheATVandaccordingtoMarinoandMonestero,announcedthathesawadeeracrossthestream.Manillaalmostimmediatelyfiredashotfromhisrifleintothewoodsatthesouthendofhisproperty.MarinodidnotseeorhearadeereitherbeforeorafterManillafiredhisrifle.MonesterostatedthatManillahadgottenoffoftheATVbeforehefiredtheshot.[2dshotdiagram]AccordingtoMarino,whenheapproachedthecreek,ManillaaskedMarino:"UncleMike,didIshootthatguy?"ThethreemenleftthecreekbedandreturnedtotheATVwheretheDefendantspentsometimelookingfortheshellcasingthatheejectedfromhis.30-06rifle.Unabletolocatetheshellcasing,thethreereturnedtotheclubhouseatthetopoftheManillafarm.TheDefendantwasobservedbyotherstoberunningaroundfrombuildingtobuildingtryingtoAlthoughthehuntershadimmediateaccesstocellphones,noonecalled911fromthe.creekbed.Marinolateradvisedthathedidnotcall911becauseitwasManilla'sresponsibility.[bodyofBarryGrohdiagram]
 
12:39PM12:43PMfindaplacewherehecouldhidehisrifle.Manillaeventriedtohidetherifleinthecushionsofacouchintheclubhouse.ThedefendantthenaskedhisUncleMikeMarinotohidetherifleforhiminhistruckbeforepolicearrivedbutMarinorefused.Manillaultimatelyplacedbothofhisgunsinsidehistruck.Manillalatertoldpolicethathetriedtohidetheriflebecausehe"shouldn'thavehadit."Beforecalling911Manillawasalsoobservedfiringhistwelvegaugeshotgunintothegroundbehindtheclubhouse.Manillalatertolddetectivesthathedidthisbecauseifpoliceaskedwhatgunhewashuntingwith,hewasgoingtolietopoliceandtellthemitwastheshotgunandnottheriflethathehadfired.DavidManillafinallycalls911andreportsfindingsomeoneinthewatercallingita"huntingaccident»inRichlandTownship,at1155CaliforniaRoad.Manillastatedthatit"lookslikehehadalreadypassed"andreportedtotheoperatorthathedidnotknowhisowncellphonenumberwhenasked.[Playthe911recordingandprovidetranscriptandCD]MackKimble,anemployeeoftheDefendant,andcaretakerofManilla's1155CaliforniaRoadproperty,observedthedefendantandtwoothersintheareaofthegarageneartheATVdressedinhuntinggear.ManillatoldMackKimblethatthey"foundadeadguydowninthewoods."MackKimblealsoobservedManillagobehindthechickencoopareaandfirearoundintothegroundusinghisshotgun.Dayslater,oncepoliceclearedthecrimescene,KimbleobservedJamesStewart,Manilla'semployeediggingthroughthisareaofthefarmwherehepreviouslyobservedManillafiretheshotgunintotheground.Stewartdeniedhewasdiggingthatarealookingfortheshotgunslug.[Diagramwhereshotgunshotintotheground]BucksCountyRadiodispatchesRichlandPoliceto1155CaliforniaRoad.Sgt.FiccoandOfficerAlemanarriveonsceneshortlyafterandweremetbyDavidManilla,MichaelMarinoandRobertMonestero.Manillatoldrespondingpoliceofficersthattherewasamaninthecreekatthebottomoftheproperty,andthatthemanwasdead.ManillatransportsaRichlandPoliceOfficerandaparamedicfromtheRichlandTwpFireandRescueSquadtothecreekatthebottomofhispropertyonhisATVwheretheofficerobservesthevictimlyingfaceupinthecreek.TheparamedicmistakenlyadvisedpoliceinManilla'spresencethathebelievedthatthevictimhaddiedofaheartattack.Manilladoesnotcorrecteitherthepoliceofficerortheparamediconsceneortellthemthathehadobservedthevictimbleedintothewater,orthathehadfiredashot
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thedirectionofthevictimjustminutespriortofindingBarryGroh'sdeceasedbodyinthecreek.Alargebuckdeerwasobservedadjacentandseveralfeetawayfromthevictim'sbody.Thedeerwasdeadandhadatagattachedtoitandapullingdeviceattachedtoitsbody.Therewasclearevidenceatthelocationthatthedeerhadbeenpulledtothatlocationfromtheothersideofthecreek,alocationnotontheDefendant'sproperty.

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