Thursday, September 12, 2019

Homicide Charges Dropped for Man Who Shot Friend in Gordon

A man who shot his friend last month in Gordon had the most serious charges dropped on Wednesday.

According to court papers, Michael Grady, 36, was originally charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person, after he reportedly fired his 12 gauge shotgun shooting Steven Joshua Molina on August 26th, 2019 around 4:30am at Grady's home in the 600 Block of Hobart Street in Gordon.

Grady reportedly told police that he was handing the shotgun to Molina, when it fired hitting him in the neck.

Molina was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Joseph Webber.

An investigation into the incident showed that Grady was impaired to a degree of intoxication during the incident and was in sole possession of the firearm when it discharged.

Grady was arraigned and committed him to Schuylkill County Prison with no bail on August 16th, 2019.

On Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, Grady was back in front of Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale for a preliminary hearing.

During the hearing, the most serious felony charges of criminal homicide were dropped with Grady now being charged by prosecutors with "involuntary manslaughter" and bail was set at $100,000. 

Grady waived his right to a hearing on the new charge.

Grady was then recommitted to Schuylkill County Prison