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UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed in Wilkes-Barre shooting


June 26. 2013 12:40PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - 570-970-7196






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WILKES-BARRE - A Nanticoke man was charged with involuntary manslaughter for what he says was an accidental shooting that killed his friend on Tuesday.


Brandon Leigh Switzer, 22, of East Union Street, told police his thumb slipped off the hammer on his 9mm handgun that discharged a round striking Zachary Williams, 23, in the head inside 32 N. Sherman St. just before 4 p.m.


Williams was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


City police and Luzerne County detectives charged Switzer with the manslaughter charge Tuesday night. Switzer was arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer and released after posting $250,000 bail.


Williams, a graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School, was employed at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township, according to his Facebook profile.


Switzer told police in a statement that Williams asked to see his .9mm handgun. Switzer ejected the magazine and began to hand it to Williams when he realized he had chambered a round, according to the criminal complaint.


Williams grabbed the firearm’s muzzle when Switzer said his thumb slipped off the hammer, causing it to discharge a round that struck Williams in the head, the complaint says.


Posted 8:28 a.m.


WILKES-BARRE - A Nanticoke man was charged Tuesday night in the deadly shooting of another man earlier in the day at 32 N. Sherman St.


Police charged Brandon Leigh Switzer, 22, with involuntary manslaughter.


Switzer was arraigned at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre. He was released after posting $250,000 bail through a bail-bondsman.


The charge was filed after Zachary Williams was shot in the head inside the house just before 4 p.m. Williams was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 11 before District Judge Martin Kane.




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