The defense attorneys for a Chicora man accused of shooting and nearly killing a man informed a Butler County judge Tuesday they intend to file an insanity or mental infirmity defense in the defendant's upcoming trial.
Gary. D. Ellenberger is being held in jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, recklessly endangering another person and illegal offensive weapons for the alleged shooting of a 27-year-old Karns City man at a Chicora bar last fall.
Heath Schrecengost was shot in the torso Sept. 2, 2018, during an incident at Millerstown Inn on Main Street. The announcement of an insanity defense from Ellenberger's lawyer, Charles Nedz, was made before Judge Timothy McCune and comes after the completion of a months-long evaluation of Ellenberger.
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