A Fayette County judge will watch a video to determine if a Mount Pleasant man’s statement to police should be suppressed related to attempted homicide charges.
During a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, Fayette County Public Defender Jeffrey W. Whiteko said he doesn’t believe his client, Charles Edward Chandler Jr., 57, gave a knowingly, willingly and voluntarily statement to police following a shootout in which Chandler was allegedly involved.
According to the affidavit of probable caused filed in his case, Chandler was drinking at a Redstone Township apartment with Lynn Feeney when he allegedly hit her between the eyes with a full can of beer at about 2 a.m. June 22. A friend came over later that day and saw her injuries and said she was going to call the police, but then called Feeney’s daughter when Feeney said she did not want police involvement.
Feeney’s daughter, son, ex-husband and her daughter’s boyfriend came over, woke Chandler upstairs and argued with him and then Feeney’s son, Todd Feeney, and ex-husband, Richard Feeney, followed Chandler to his car to make sure he left.
At his car, Chandler allegedly took a gun from under his driver’s seat and shot at Todd and Richard Feeney. They took cover, and Richard Feeney returned fire. No one was hit, police said.
Whiteko said he would like to have the arresting officer testify, but Assistant District Attorney Sean Lementowski informed Judge Joseph George Jr. that the trooper was unavailable for the hearing, but the interview was recorded between Chandler and the trooper.
George said he will watch the video recording to determine if Chandler gave a statement knowingly, willingly and voluntarily and then hand down an order or subpoena the trooper to testify on the matter.
Lementowski also submitted into evidence the transcript from the preliminary hearing as testimony on Whiteko’s motion to drop charges against Chandler as well as a motion to suppress evidence recovered from the scene.
Chandler is lodged in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bond.