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
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
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?
30 Jan 19
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
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
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
guilty of pre-
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?
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
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)
"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"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
13 Feb 19
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
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
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.
24 Feb 19
DA's star witness
charged in beating
another man she met
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
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?
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.
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
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!"
emergency medical services to her home to treat her boyfriend bleeding out on
her floor after being shot
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
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
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
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.
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."