DA's star witness against
    videographer charged in beating
    of another man she met online
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the district attorney's star
    witness expected to testify against Chris Shellhammer -- AKA
    videographer Chuck U. Farley -- in his upcoming homicide trial, today,
    herself, was charged and held without bail in the kidnapping and beating
    of another man she met online one week ago in her Masontown home.

    Today's arrest of Kelly French in last week's attack on a man held and
    beaten in her home for a few days brings the number of persons involved
    in that beating now housed in the county jail up to four.

    French originally lied to police last week and said that two men, who beat
    the injured man police later found on the street bleeding profusely from
    his head, were not inside her home when they, indeed, were found hiding.

    Not that anyone here was shocked that the young woman would lie to
    police.



    French and police originally last year said Shellhammer entered her home
    and immediately shot and killed her boyfriend.

    Then she and police changed their stories and decided that, no,
    Shellhammer didn't enter and immediately shoot, as she also told KDKA
    television he had done.

    French and police then recanted, and proposed to the next kangaroo
    court that, on second thought, no, no, she and the videographer first,
    supposedly, smoked a blunt, before she claimed a shirtless, shoeless
    Michael Henrick, in shorts on a snowy, cold winter day, entered the home
    and began arguing with Shellhammer for being present with the woman.

    While Judge Gerald Solomon earlier this month could not see through the
    BS and could not see any evidence that Shellhammer shot Henrick in self
    defense to grant bail, the kangaroo court proceeding led to yet another
    version of the prosecution's case. The assistant district attorney shifted to
    almost agreeing with Shellhammer's maintained claim that he was lured to
    French's home to be robbed and beaten.


    RANTS that Shellhammer is still incarcerated for shooting a man 380
    days ago in self defense, after he met the same woman online, was
    beaten and suffered a concussion and broken nose and jaw before he
    shot.

    What more did the DA and Solomon need to believe Shellhammer in the
    first place? An online date invitation from French herself to her little
    Masontown house of horrors?

    jt
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    DA rants over Fay County's
    2018 homicide "spike"
    RANTS that this morning's pleasant tea and coffee fest had to be
    unpleasantly interrupted by another disturbing 2018 regional homicide
    summary in one of the local papers. Where is the logic and wisdom of
    county officials promoting misleading statistics for personal or
    questionable reasons?   

    It's one thing for a self-claimed, award-winning journalist -- who days
    before election released a desperate film, falsely claiming his friend and
    business partner's political opponent pushed, shoved and assaulted a
    female -- to call Fay "FayNam" in a weekly newspaper column or promote
    a violent, poor region image... but RANTS that today's pleasant tea and
    coffee fest reading included a horrifying headline of a spike in county
    homicides, in interview with the district attorney.
    RANTS because someone seems not to understand that the spike might
    just be a spike in the writing of wrongful charges and judges indulging the
    prosecution process of cases, even when police and witness changed
    weak stories three times.   


    RANTS that the grim statistics being shoved down our throats this
    morning over breakfast reading did not mention the number of homicide
    charges that were withdrawn or dropped for a lack of evidence or the
    number of pre-trial conferences in which a judge questioned the charges.

    Nor did the DA mention today any number of pending homicide cases that
    he's trying to plea down from homicide to avoid trial.




    RANTS that the time spent in interview and en vogue for another
    newspaper photo might have been better spent working to get all
    evidence under discovery to those awaiting trial. A few recent news
    articles have mentioned that those defense teams have not received this
    needed information and are entitled by law to receive it. (27 Jan 19)

    "Quote Of The Day"
    "I want some common sense to take over, and I want my
    son released from that jail."
    Kathryn Goodwin Jones, to WPXI news, in an interview
    with her son's lawyer, about her son's case;
    Jones, expressing a need for the release of her son, Chris
    Shellhammer, jailed for one year for shooting someone in
    self-defense, after her son endured a concussion, broken
    jaw and nose and shot his attacker before the attacker killed
    him;
    Jones, expressing outrage that the star witness against her
    jailed son is back again in the news, after another of the
    star witness' online dates ended up beaten in her
    home

    5,000 annually
    guilty of pre-
    meditating
    homicide in Fay?
    RANTS, thinking as the assistant district attorney
    did aloud during a homicide suspect's preliminary
    hearing a few months ago, because some 5,000
    county residents each year now must be guilty of
    pre-meditating homicide in Fay.

    In political campaign re-election information, the
    county sheriff states that 5,000 new permits were
    issued in each of the past three years in Fayette
    County - so many that he said he needs to expand
    his work hours to accommodate those applying for
    permits to carry concealed weapons.

    We have no reason to doubt his count.
    Rants&Raves stresses that the sheriff has nothing
    whatsoever to do with the goofiness of the next
    paragraph or any reference to the goofiness of the
    assistant district attorney's logic.

    So, recalling that unforgettable statement a few
    months ago from an assistant district attorney -- i.e.,
    that having a permit for a conceal carry weapon
    automatically means guilt of premeditating homicide
    -- RANTS that Fay Co must have a spike of 5,000
    new citizens annually pre-meditating homicide. We
    should all lose sleep thinking about it, no?

    Sound ridiculous?




    You bet it does... just as ridiculous as it sounded in
    court a few months ago, when the assistant district
    attorney prosecuting the Christopher Shellhammer
    homicide case said it.

    It sounds ridiculous enough, though, for citizens to
    contact the county district attorney's office and ask
    for clarification about. (2 Feb 19)


    ADA: having conceal
    carry gun permit means
    one is guilty of
    premeditating homicide
    RANTS that Fay judges buy this stuff.

    RANTS of the most frustrating kind, because, try as
    we may for a few months now, we have not found
    one shred of evidence to support an assistant
    district attorney's statement in court, that merely
    having a permit to carry a concealed weapon makes
    one automatically guilty of pre-meditating homicide.

    When we say we've looked quite extensively to
    locate another to agree with the assistant district
    attorney, we do mean extensively. We have read too
    many law books, asked others far more intelligent
    and knowledgeable of the law to review the law and
    offer opinion, and polled a few hundred who
    possess a conceal carry permit.

    Try as we may, we could not locate one who shares
    opinion and believes the assistant district attorney
    has a valid point or legal rule in what too many saw
    as a biased, foolishly expressed matter.  

    The alarming and seeming to be untrue declaration
    from the assistant district attorney was mentioned in
    a recent media interview with a local attorney and
    television reporter when discussing his client's
    case.  (1 Feb 19)

    "Quote Of The Day"
    "Personally, I have violated no rules of Professional Conduct, nor
    have I made public any facts that haven’t already been made part
    of the public record by the District Attorney."
    Michael Aubule, defense attorney for Chris Shellhammer, responding to
    heraldstandard.com* over the filing of a motion by the Fayette County
    District Attorney to gag players and one potential witness from discussing
    the case and criticizing the county lead prosecutor for charging
    Shellhammer with homicide, in a shooting that happened 13 months ago,
    after Shellhammer was beaten, suffered a broken jaw, broken nose and
    closed head injury concussion and then shot one of two people beating him
    in the head, to save his life.
    * "DA's office requesting gag order in McClellandtown man's homicide case"


    DA files motion to gag
    Mama Jones
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of sheer disappointment that an
    assistant district attorney earlier this week filed a motion in court to gag
    and silence an outspoken parent, critical of the county prosecution of her
    adult child.

    The gag motion, among other things, states that the outspoken parent
    may or may not be called as a witness at an upcoming trial.

    There's that, plus in being critical, the mom the district attorney wants to
    gag is known to use profanity and, well, bluntly confront some officials in
    her many years of political activism. The current district attorney is not
    the first elected, local official, who has been targeted for his opposing
    opinions, and unlikely will be the last.
      

    DA wants a fair trial
    RAVES, though, that the county district attorney and the several different
    assistants, who have touched the case of the mom's adult child, seem
    now to focus on a need to provide a fair trial for the accused. We cannot
    agree more. The defendant most definitely deserves a fair trial.  

    The judge hearing this motion, however, should not find it as important
    as the district attorney feels it is to gag the mom, and should not return to
    court to grant this gag motion.

    Someone who is the district attorney's friend should take him aside and
    suggest he consider a possibility that he's wrongly taking the criticism
    personally and should expect to be criticized for professional decisions. If
    it's truly extreme, then he should deal separately with the mom and only
    with the mom about it. The defendant is not a minor child. The motion to
    gag seems to have so little to do with wanting a fair trial. It's more about
    wanting to silence a critic of her rights.

    The move, if granted, would be one of the most hypocritical things to
    happen in Fay in some time. For instance, recall when a commissioner's
    wife shot him a few years ago and she claimed she was a domestic
    abuse victim? That unfortunate case was just about as sensational as
    any sleepy, weekend morning news could get, no?


    Anyone gagged in Vicites' case?
    As players in that story twisted and changed accounts of what happened
    before and after the commissioner's wife shot him and media outlets by
    the score covered it, nobody was gagged.  Nobody attempted to gag
    anyone's right to free speech.

    The case of the wife shooting her commissioner spouse was as
    sensationalized as few other Fay news ever got -- even before it spun
    loco on national and international wires, with the discovery that the
    commissioner's shooter wife was a delegate for Hillary Clinton.

    Nobody in the county district attorney's office ran to file gag motions to
    assure that the commissioner's wife got a fair trial in that highly
    sensational case. Nobody on the prosecution team was concerned about
    that defendant's right to a fair trial.

    In fact, the district attorney's very own confidently spoken statement to
    the press after the shooting of the commissioner was, "This is not an
    accident. This is an intentional, reckless act."


    Prosecutors always go on and on to the
    media
    The prosecution can say nearly anything they want, in other words.

    The prosecution can take to the podium, hold press conferences and
    rant about the charges.  With that one brief comment quoted above, from
    the district attorney about the commissioner's wife, did he not potentially
    influence all of the potential jurors the courthouse walls can hold on court
    week, with just that one televised press conference declaring the
    accused's guilt and her shooting him as "an intentional, reckless act"?


    The defense, though, cannot say one negative word? The defense,
    when feeling charges are unjust or were too hastily filed, has no right to
    say the prosecution is wrong? Not according to the district attorney gag
    order request written under the pretense of wanting a fair trial.


    Mom wants a fair trial, too
    A mom knowing her son acted in self defence has no right to seek
    interview with television news reporters interested in her son's case?
    The motion to seek a gag order mentions the mom's interview on
    WPXI television, specifically, as one of the district attorney's beefs with
    the mom.

    Nobody outside the district attorney's office seems to have issue with the
    appropriately behaved mom in the short video. She didn't cuss. She took
    no harsh personal jabs at the district attorney, per se.

    She, as previously quoted here, said she wanted common sense to
    prevail and her adult son out of jail. Nothing in that entire televised news
    piece deserved to be tagged as an example of why she should be
    gagged. She, in reality, said very little on camera, so few words anyway,
    but none that would deserve to be gagged to ensure that her son has a
    fair trial.

    RANTS because the filing of the motion to gag the mom seems not to be
    what it on paper claims that it is.


    Nobody gagged the witness
    The district attorney and the several assistants who have touched the
    case did not gag the case star witness when she appeared eager for
    interview on a couple Pittsburgh television news station video pieces,
    saying the son of the possibly soon to be gagged mom entered her home
    and shot boom, boom, boom, guns a blazing.

    Nobody gagged the case's star witness then, nor any member of the
    dead man's family out there on easily tracked social media public
    comments, calling the possibly soon to be gagged mom's son a cold
    blooded killer.


    Nor has anyone downtown, who so strongly attests to being
    genuinely focused on and dedicated to getting the man a fair
    trial, lifted a finger to out and charge sick pups posting
    anonymous comments ridiculing the possibly soon to be
    gagged mom for losing her home, having a disabled
    grandchild and a different religion and for having an adult
    son incarcerated over one year with no bail, in a shooting in
    self defense or justified homicide.

    The anonymous, online comments on a community trash
    board about the young man awaiting trial being a cold
    blooded murderer have potentially more ability to influence a
    jury than does one social media account of one possibly
    soon to be gagged mom.  



    Surely, surely, someone who attests to want to provide a fair trial to the
    man should long before this have been motioning to obtain court
    approval to pull an IP account, out, gag and possibly charge those
    responsible for posting incredibly hateful things about the possibly soon
    to be gagged mom and her son.





    The county district attorney in the past year became probably the 20th or
    more elected official or public employee the possibly soon to be gagged
    mom has been critical of, through public meetings of government
    departments in the past several years. There could be even more. Given
    that her son awaits trial with no bail, she has been a bit harsher with the
    district attorney with profanity and personal opinion on job performance
    than she ever was to any other elected officials.

    None of the other criticized officials banned the mom from public
    meetings or from offering her opinions on public matters. Rants&Raves
    didn't block the woman's IP from reading when she took issue with things
    published as straight news with Right To Know back up fact
    documentation or clearly designated straight opinion in commentary.  




    The judge shouldn't help the district attorney gag the mom for a personal
    difference, either, and should actually scold him for misdirecting his
    anger by taking the personal matter of her calling him a terrorist out on
    her son.

    The judge should realize that it's a little too late for the county
    prosecutors downtown to start worrying about providing the son of the
    possibly soon to be gagged mom with a fair trial. He should recognize
    the request for the motion as a possible sign that the county can't win
    this case in prosecution.

    They didn't just miss the boat with this one. They ship wrecked it and
    now seem to want to blame the possibly soon to be gagged mom and
    political activist.   


    jt
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    Motions court Monday:
    gauge of corruption?
    RANTS because in the morning, we're going to find
    out if Fayette County really is still as corrupt as
    some claim it is.

    Come Monday morning, a judge is expected to rule
    on the district attorney's motion to gag a homicide
    case defense attorney and the mother of defendant
    Chris Shellhammer, to prevent them from speaking
    again with media and to censor the mom's social
    media posts.

    All this attention, we're told by the district attorney,
    is to ensure that Shellhammer gets a fair and
    unbiased trial, to prevent jury bias, etc., and
    possibly, too, because he may call the mom as a
    witness. Not that we buy any of it, given nobody
    else gets gagged in Fay and so many have turned
    to the media to highlight cases without recourse...
    and because, well, there's no way the district
    attorney would need testimony for the prosecution
    from the defendant's mom.




    RANTS because other neglected work in the county
    district attorney's office for at least a week or so got
    pushed to the back burner while valuable time,
    energy and public money was spent writing and
    filing this foolish gag motion -- and later, even more
    time, energy and public money was wasted writing
    and filing an even crazier motion to prevent
    Shellhammer's defense from referencing the
    prosecution's star witness as a current detainee in
    the county jail, charged with kidnapping and
    torturing and hurting another man she met, as she
    did Shellhammer, on a singles dating site.

    RANTS because the county district attorney
    continues to proceed to prosecute a man who
    endured a broken jaw, broken nose and concussion
    closed head injury in a beating from "unarmed"
    thugs, before he struggled to get his gun and shot
    to save his own life.  




    RANTS that the man charged and jailed for 13
    months, who said immediately from the start, that he
    was set up and beaten, might, come tomorrow, have
    a judge stop him from saying in court, or anywhere,
    that the woman, who lured him, lured another two
    months ago and put that man in ICU after a three-
    day beating fest.

    RANTS that no judge yet has shut down the
    prosecution in this case, in spite of hearing or
    reading several different versions of her witnessed
    accounts and differing police versus court
    statements, over time, from the time of the shooting
    13 months ago.

    Shellhammer's account of the events of those five
    minutes that night, however, is the only account
    before the judge that has remained consistent to
    date.



    RANTS because in the morning, we may learn just
    how corrupt Fay may still be.  

    RAVES of hope that the district attorney's motions to
    gag and not allow the witness' charges to be
    discussed in court fail. He cannot by law be allowed
    to hide evidence from a jury and never should be
    asking for judicial permission and twisted blessing
    to hide that evidence.

    No district attorney and judge today should want to
    be responsible for creating the next Munshinski.



    RANTS because we certainly hope the district
    attorney knows what he's doing, but believe him to
    be miserably floundering out of frustration of having
    to take this case to trial, after not getting a plea deal
    that he may have hoped to get.

    RAVES of hope that the county's twisted motions to
    stop Shellhammer from trying to defend himself
    again this second painful time, but now in vicious
    court rather than in a vicious Masontown home, are
    denied and put to rest tomorrow.


    jt
    24 Feb 19


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    January 30, 2019
    DA's star witness
    against videographer
    charged in beating
    another man she met
    online
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the
    district attorney's star witness expected to testify
    against Chris Shellhammer -- AKA videographer
    Chuck U. Farley -- in his upcoming homicide trial,
    today, herself, was charged and held without bail in
    the kidnapping and beating of another man she met
    online one week ago in her Masontown home.

    Today's arrest of Kelly French in last week's attack
    on a man held and beaten in her home for a few
    days brings the number of persons involved in that
    beating now housed in the county jail up to four.

    French originally lied to police last week and said
    that two men, who beat the injured man police later
    found on the street bleeding profusely from his
    head, were not inside her home when they, indeed,
    were found hiding.

    Not that anyone here was shocked that the young
    woman would lie to police.



    French and police originally last year said
    Shellhammer entered her home and immediately
    shot and killed her boyfriend.

    Then she and police changed their stories and
    decided that, no, Shellhammer didn't enter and
    immediately shoot, as she told KDKA television he
    had done. She and police then proposed to the
    kangaroo courts that, on second thought, no, no,
    she and the videographer first, supposedly,
    smoked a blunt, before she claimed a shirtless,
    shoeless Michael Henrick, in shorts on a snowy,
    cold winter day, entered the home and began
    arguing with Shellhammer for being present with
    the woman.

    While Judge Gerald Solomon earlier this month
    could not see through the BS and could not see
    any evidence that Shellhammer shot Henrick in self
    defense to grant bail, the kangaroo court
    proceeding led to yet another version of the
    prosecution's case. The assistant district attorney
    shifted to almost agreeing with Shellhammer's
    maintained claim that he was lured to French's
    home to be robbed and beaten.


    RANTS that Shellhammer is still incarcerated for
    shooting a man 380 days ago in self defense, after
    he met the same woman online, was beaten and
    suffered a concussion and broken nose and jaw
    before he shot.

    What more did the DA and Solomon need to
    believe Shellhammer in the first place? An online
    date invitation from French herself to her little
    Masontown house of horrors?



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    October 10, 2019
    Jury sends Shellhammer home!
    RAVES that a Fayette County jury today did just as Chris Shellhammer's defense
    attorney, with a lump in his throat in the final words of his passionate closing
    statement, asked them to do; the jury found Shellhammer not guilty of homicide
    and, indeed, sent him home.

    Shellhammer, incarcerated without bail on bogus pre-meditated homicide charges
    since January 16, 2018, testified yesterday that he had to shoot his gun to stop a
    woman he met online and her boyfriend in hiding from grabbing his gun he held
    onto for dear life, as the two trapped and beat him downward to the floor.









































    October 9, 2019
    Shellhammer trial: Day 3
    RAVES that the Keystones and Fayette County prosecutors finally rested their
    twisted homicide case against Chris Shellhammer today and the defense stepped
    up to prove -- regardless of tomorrow's outcome -- that a defendant really can get
    a hard working public defender downtown.

    This third day into the trial, jurors heard Shellhammer's frank testimony today that
    he was trapped, beaten by the door and shot to save his life when the star
    witness against him and her late boyfriend broke his nose and jaw, gave him a
    concussion, then screamed at one another to "knock him out" and "get his gun."

    Oh, make no mistake, the Keystones and county prosecutors still tried to make
    Shellhammer regret shooting and almost comically expressed shock that he ran
    from the house without trying to help the deceased when those four hands
    stopped beating his head and face and no longer blocked his own hand from
    unlocking and opening the door to escape.

    And, make no mistake, too, the Keystones and county prosecutors still tried in
    overkill to prejudice a jury with the second weapons demonstration in two days,
    on how to put bullets and a magazine into Shellhammer's Glock weapon
    confiscated into evidence these last 22 months.




    Today was definitely the defense's show, though.

    Someone significant, the step-father of the Keystones' star witness, placed the
    deceased at the Masontown residence the day of the shooting, and a neighbor,
    who appeared to be stable, coherent and not on dope, stood hours earlier outside
    the deceased man's car parked by the house, with snow and an icy mix on it, to
    help the star witness' parents with a child car seat. Their statements support
    Shellhammer's claim that the deceased hid in the home to beat and rob him.




    Tomorrow, both sides will have their closing statements heard before the case
    goes to the jury for deliberation. At least that's how it should play out, unless the
    Keystones and county prosecutors try to hijack the case with more ridiculous
    drama.

    They had 22 months to prepare this case. Time is up,



    They brought in a special prosecutor.

    They delayed the trial by motioning to keep the criminal history of the star witness
    from the jury.

    They delayed the trial by motioning to gag Shellhammer's mother from speaking
    out on television news.

    They delayed the trial with another judge's recusal from the case, following harsh
    criticism from Shellhammer's mom on social media.

    They tried to discredit the public defender for his limited public statement to the
    media on camera last year while the star witness was not scolded for interviewing
    against Shellhammer on KDKA television.

    They never investigated Shellhammer's claim that he was set up, beaten up and
    about to die unless he took his shot.



    The Keystones and county prosecutors seemed to do everything these last 22
    months but, well, their jobs.




    "Quote Of The Day" from 1-16-18 that still haunts us
    here at Rants&Raves

    "This is all my fault!"
    Kelly French, as heard saying towards the end of her call to 911 to get
    emergency medical services to her home to treat her boyfriend bleeding out on
    her floor after being shot



    October 8, 2019
    Shellhammer trial: Day 2
    RANTS that real life Keystone Cops and Fayette County prosecutors kept up the
    foolishness in court today, still trying to maintain that they had no good reason to
    investigate or believe Chris Shellhammer's claim 22 months ago that he shot a
    man in self defense, after being held against his will and beaten.

    With a straight face and after swearing on the bible to tell the truth, one Keystone
    Cop today also reported to the jury and court that the star witness against
    Shellhammer, Kelly French, never changed her story. Honest to God.

    With straight faces and after swearing on the bible to be truthful, two Keystone
    Cops said Shellhammer did not seem injured minutes after the shooting when he
    escaped the Masontown home and called 911 to report that he shot someone.

    With straight faces, neither of the Keystones, nor the state forensics expert knew
    the measurement of the small room, and all seemed too indifferent to the fact that
    they all as investigators missed a weapons safe and two cell phones in the
    photographed rooms. The Keystones and county prosecutors showed the jury
    many, many photographs of two bullets, a few casings and the wall where a third
    un retrieved bullet went into.

    The Keystones would rather let us believe that the medics didn't move furniture in
    the cramped livingroom before photographs of the deceased were taken. It fit the
    Keystone Cops' choice to prosecute to pretend the space was larger, that the
    dead man had a larger open space to take four or so steps and receive
    Shellhammer's second or third bullet in the back... rather than admit French's
    boyfriend might have spun almost in place as the first shot hit him in the chest.

    Infact, it also fits the Keystone Cops' version of the truth to completely ignore their
    own star witness' claim in past testimony, that Shellhammer fired three rapid shots.



    One would think that investigators worth their salt wanting to get to the truth would
    have at least revisited Shellhammer's self defense claim after French, her step
    brother and another man were charged with attempted homicide for beating and
    unlawfully restraining another man for a few days in early 2019. That victim she
    met, too, online dating, as she met Shellhammer in December of 2017.

    No, instead, the Keystones dug their heels in deeper to prosecute Shellhammer,
    and delayed his trial even longer by motioning to keep his jury from learning about
    French's 2019 arrest and incarceration without bail these last nine months.



    Lastly, well deserved RAVES must be acknowledged to the Keystones and county
    prosecutors for bringing in the coroner, a medical expert who additionally provided
    opinion on Shellhammer's broken nose, jaw and closed head concussion injury.

    RAVES, finally, today someone on the witness stand viewed photographs taken of
    Shellhammer following the shooting and recognized his injuries and the severity of
    them, caused by French and her boyfriend.

    Somehow, we can't help but think that medical opinion shared in court today, not
    just of the dead man shot, but also the defendant, might have been something the
    Keystones and county prosecutors did not expect or want Shellhammer's jury to
    hear.





    October 7, 2019
    Shellhammer homicide trial: Day 1
    RANTS that a man who shot a goon in self defense sits without bail, in the county
    jail, now 22 months, in twisted build up for today and this ridiculously goofy county
    prosecution squad's embarrassingly weak opening day at trial.

    RANTS that the county district attorney, peeking in the door to see how county
    star prosecution witness Kelly French was doing on the stand, pushed the Chris
    Shellhammer homicide charges so far on French's multiple versions of the story
    told from the time of the shooting, through preliminary hearing testimony, through
    today.


    RANTS of sadness watching that testimony from French today. Nobody on the
    prosecution side noticed she changed her story multiple times? For goodness
    sake, nobody, from police through county detectives, through the district attorney,
    nobody along the way these last 22 months told the woman she was full of crap?

    Why did they support her twisted witness account that her time with Shellhammer,
    and then the shooting of her boyfriend, went on only in her mind well past the
    documented five minutes known through phone records? She might not have
    known reality if it bit her, but the investigators and prosecutors surely should have.

    Why would an assistant district attorney go on to a jury, for instance, that the
    defendant had ample opportunity to escape French's home after he was beaten,
    when prosecution's star witnessed testified at the preliminary hearing that the
    defendant tried and tried to get out the door but couldn't escape?  Was 22 months
    not long enough to prepare for court?



    RANTS that French seemed genuinely shocked today to hear that Shellhammer's
    phone indicated he was in her home a total of less than five minutes, and that he
    called 911 five minutes after he first arrived at her home and messaged her from
    outside that he was there to hang out with her.

    RANTS that this mismanaged case caused a man, defending himself after getting
    battered with a broken nose, broken jaw and concussion before shooting, to sit in
    jail waiting for two years for this ridiculously produced trial.

    Two years, and we get this kind of crap?

    Shame on Fay's lead prosecutors who have no excuse for this arrest and
    ridiculous prosecution.

    None. None. None. (7 Oct 19)





    September 19, 2019
    DA wants jury tour of homicide scene
    in move that can only help the defense
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of disbelief that Fayette County
    prosecutors not knowing when to fold now want to take a jury on a fieldtrip to a
    Masontown home where Chris Shellhammer fatally shot a man 20 months ago.

    True, we know the tour of the home won't include the basement or area where the
    Shellhammer trial's star witness, Kelly French, one year later beat a man she met
    online dating, who escaped from her home with an open head wound after a few
    days of being detained against his will and tortured.


    This latest half-baked idea by the county district attorney's office to tour a jury of a
    scene where a death occurred, however, can only help Shellhammer's defense.

    For instance, the jury can then better visualize exactly where French says she and
    the dead man were in each of the couple different versions of the story she and
    police told against Shellhammer. There's the story she told television news -- that
    Shellhammer came in guns a blazing shooting.

    Then there's the last formal account she gave -- that the dead man dressed in
    nothing but shorts on a winter day walked barefoot with no clothes, no coat, no
    shoes, no socks, from some homeless shelter through the snow and ice, to her
    home, where he was shot by Shellhammer.




    More importantly, the jury in Shellhammer's upcoming homicide trial, after a tour of
    French's home, can better visualize exactly where the accused was when he was
    beaten, where in French's home the accused got his broken jaw, where
    Shellhammer was when he got his broken nose and where in French's home she
    and the dead man beat Shellhammer and gave Shellhammer his closed wound
    head concussion before he shot French's boyfriend.

    RAVES of hope that a jury touring French's Masontown home can only conclude
    that Shellhammer should have shot sooner and would have still been justified in
    using force in a self-defense shooting to save himself.
Chris Shellhammer, above, seen leaving the
Fayette County Prison late this afternoon,
following his acquittal of homicide charges
and a 22-month incarceration without bail,
because no police or county investigators or
county prosecutors investigated his claim
that he was set up and shot in self defense.

RAVES that the jury saw clearly
through all the smoke and mirrors
of the Keystone Cops and county
prosecutors' last ditched effort to
label Shellhammer Public Enemy
#1.


The Keystones and county
prosecutors, basically, begged a
jury to convict Shellhammer for not
graciously allowing the deceased
and Kelly French to continue to
punch and beat him another time
or two into unconsciousness or
death.


RAVES to the attentive and
intelligent jury in Fayette County
Courtroom #2 this week for
sending Chris Shellhammer home
today and for teaching the
Keystones and the county district
attorney a valuable lesson the hard
way.


    From the Herald Standard, Jan 17, 2018, " Man charged with
    homicide in Masontown shooting"

    "Shellhammer reported to the Masontown Borough police station and told officers that 'he was set up and
    attacked,' according to the affidavit filed in his case.

    "Immediately, he was very worked up," said Masontown Police Sgt. Scott Miller. He said Shellhammer was "very
    jumpy and very edgy" initially.

    "He was trying to claim self-defense," he said.

    He later asked for an attorney, Miller said.

    Masontown Police Chief Joe Ryan said there was evidence of a fight leading up to the shooting, but not a setup."