March 25, 2015

From RepublicanHerald.com

ORWIGSBURG — Raymond C. Mayers Jr. is headed to Schuylkill County Court on charges he accidentally shot and paralyzed a woman while they were hunting in January 2014 in West Penn Township.

Mayers shot Kimberly A. Kokinda between 10:04 p.m. Jan. 4, 2014, and 12:55 a.m. Jan. 5, 2014, while the pair hunted. Mayers shot Kokinda in the back with a Marlin semi-automatic .22 rifle with a scope while she was sitting in a car. Kokinda underwent surgery but has been left paralyzed from the waist down.

Kokinda said she and Mayers were looking for raccoons when the latter shot at a deer. Mayers said he had shot at a deer and the gun went off by accident, hitting Kokinda.

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