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Defense: Man in shooting 'snapped'

on March 24, 2013 2:30 AM

BEAVER (AP) — The attorney for a Beaver County man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s adult son says his client “just snapped.”

The Beaver County Times reported that defense attorney Stephen Colafella is arguing that Beaver County jurors should acquit Robert Maier, 60, of New Sewickley, of first- or third-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Matthew Rose, 31.

Prosecutors say the two were talking at the kitchen table and Maier suddenly shot the victim, upset about a social services complaint he had filed and feared that he would tell authorities about a marijuana sale.

Colafella said Friday that Maier had been involved with the family for more than 20 years, had helped support them financially and had no history of violence.

The trial resumes Monday.

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