A tragic death started with a simple eviction notice and ended in the death of a 12-year-old girl named Ciara Meyer. It all started when a constable tried to serve eviction papers to her father, Donald Meyer Jr, 60. Meyer had been known to have anti-government views and when Perry County authorities attempted to serve an eviction notice Meyer drew an AR-15 he was cleaning.
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The deputy responded by shooting Meyer, but the bullet went through his arm and struck his 12-year-old daughter who moved to stand behind him. Andrew Bender, a defense attorney, blames Meyers for his daughter's death. It is hard to make an accurate judgment without knowing all of the details, but Meyer's attorney argued he thought his home was being invaded and reacted accordingly.
The Meyers blames the constable who fired on him for the death of his daughter. "Parents are supposed to protect their children," Bender said. "Not put them in harm’s way." The property manager Ashley Hill recorded the confrontation with her cellphone from about 20ft away. She testified that the girl stepped up behind her father. "Ciara kept saying, ‘Dad, stop. Dad, stop," Hill told jurors as she dabbed at tears.
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Hill also told the court of Meyer's anti-government views and how he "thought everyone was against him." Meyers was convicted by a Lycoming County jury of all counts against him including homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm, involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.
Meyer is currently in a wheelchair recovering from a stroke and criticized his public defenders. Ciara's uncle Jason Gehman said, "We still talk about her today, every day actually, and this is a good day for her."
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