Man was using his rifle as a crutch when it fired through a ceiling killing a little girl in the room above
Daily Mail PUBLISHED:, 13 July 2013
Defense lawyer Gary Berlant adds Meyer had been assured the gun was not fully automatic.
Meyer is being held on $250,000 bail on charges of manslaughter, assault and unlawful possession of a machine gun.
Authorities say he was responsible for the reckless burst of rifle fire that killed 5-year-old Alysa Bobbitt of Shady Cove and wounded apartment resident Karen Hancock.
The girl and Hancock were upstairs in the same apartment as Meyer.
The little girl and her mother were visiting friends there, but just what Meyer was doing in the apartment with the rifle was unclear.
Court records say his fiancee had kicked him out of her place, getting a restraining order, and he listed his current residence as his sister’s home.
Though his fiancee, Victoria Kohout, told authorities that Meyer was a ‘big teddy bear,’ her June 20 petition for the restraining order described him as an ‘unpredictable drug addict’ who had threatened her with a gun, and threatened to burn down her house, slash her tires and break the windows on her car.
The judge noted in the file that Meyer had four guns.
Lori Nelson, who lives down the block, said she was startled by the noise of gunfire, and saw Meyer running down the driveway.
Then she heard screaming and saw Danielle R. Wilson, Alyssa’s mother, come outside holding the child in her arms.
‘She looked up at me and said, “Please, help my baby,”’ Nelson said.
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