NORRISTOWN, Pa. – A suburban Philadelphia church member has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he shot a fellow churchgoer to death after the victim became verbally disruptive during Sunday services and punched the man in the face.
A Montgomery Township judge on Thursday ordered Mark Storms to stand trial in July on charges of voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
The 46-year-old Lansdale man is charged with killing 27-year-old Robert Braxton III during church services in North Wales late last month.
Investigators say Storms ordered Braxton to leave after showing him a concealed weapons permit badge and a handgun. Court documents say Braxton punched Storms, who then shot Braxton twice.
A judge ordered Storms' bail to remain at $250,000.
Defense attorney, Vincent DiFabio, says he'll argue the killing was in self-defense.