Cop To Stand Trial For Murder

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The Inquirer reports former police Sgt. Frank Tepper will stand trial for killing 21-year-old William Panas Jr. in November: "Tepper's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said his client was being assaulted at the time he fired his weapon, and Picklo did say he noticed Tepper had a busted lip. By going to trial on a general murder charge, a jury could chose to convict Tepper of either first-degree or third-degree murder, or a manslaughter charge. Being held on a general murder charge also means that Tepper is not eligible for bail. He is being segregated at the jail, away from the rest of the inmates. Tepper, a 16-year veteran last assigned to the Civil Affairs Unit, was fired in January. His unit's duties include monitoring demonstrations and labor disputes. Panas's family waged an intense campaign to bring charges against Tepper, holding vigils and demonstrations, and rallying support by papering their neighborhood with orange ribbons and fliers."

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