2013-03-14 / Local & State

Gun Pointed At Pa. Murder Victim Before

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Police say a central Pennsylvania man charged in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend told officers that he had pointed a gun at her several times in the preceding months, but was only “joking around.”

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era says 23-year-old Mathew Becker told state troopers in a recorded statement played Friday in Lancaster County Court that such an action “was never nothing serious.”

Becker is charged in the August 2011 shooting deaths of 21-year-old Allison Walsh and her unborn daughter in their home in Mastersonville near Lancaster. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Defense attorneys say the newly purchased handgun went off while he was showing it to Walsh.

Testimony resumes Monday with more defense witnesses; it's unclear whether Becker will take the stand.

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