Witnesses to a fatal shooting Oct. 22, 2012, in the borough of Chambersburg took the stand in court Wednesday to describe the chaos that night.
Three people who were inside an East King Street home when Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin died testified during a preliminary hearing for Jason C. Shauf, 38, of Sollenberger Road west of Chambersburg.
Shauf is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and multiple counts of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, robbery and conspiracy. His case is joined with that of codefendant Carl Varner, 54, of 238 E. McKinley St.
Prosecutors said the two men tore through the home, took money and shot 29-year-old Campos-Olguin, whose body was found hunched over a bathtub by Chambersburg police.
The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office filed the paperwork necessary for it to pursue the death penalty for Varner. Online court records indicate those documents have not yet been filed for Shauf, but his defense attorney, Steve Rice, told the judge he is treating Shauf’s case as a potential death penalty case.
At the conclusion of a three-hour preliminary hearing, Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns kept all charges in place against Shauf and scheduled mandatory arraignment for Jan. 23.
Three of Campos-Olguin’s roommates, who were aided by an interpreter, painted rough sketches of what happened that night, although some details varied.
Genaro Gonzalez Chavez said he opened the door after he heard knocking and two men entered the two-story home. He said they were asking for “El Gallo,” whose identity was questioned by Rice, but might have been an individual who left earlier in the day.
Chavez and Agustin Macias-Marquez, who is awaiting a preliminary hearing in an unrelated vehicular homicide case, testified Varner and Shauf ushered them upstairs, with Chavez saying Shauf pointed a gun at his head. The home’s occupants, some of whom handed over money from their wallets, were divided into at least two rooms.
Shauf shot at the ceiling, and Varner shot Campos-Olguin, Chavez said.
Chambersburg police detectives Scott Mummert and Todd Baker testified about the investigation and warrants. Baker said Shauf changed his story several times when being interviewed and initially denied he was at the scene.
The judge denied a request from Rice to drop the first-degree murder charge. The defense attorney claimed the evidence does not support the charge.