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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Preliminary Hearing: Neighbor Confrontation Led to Fatal Shooting on Lancaster City Porch

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Investigators testified this week that Geraldo Rosario confronted a neighbor earlier this month and, as a result, the neighbor was shot to death.

Rosario, 57, was ordered to face counts of criminal homicide and reckless endangerment in Lancaster County Court, following a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Adam Witkonis.

District Judge Witkonis bound over the case after three Lancaster city police investigators testified about the Oct. 3 altercation on Josean Martinez’s porch in the 600 block of High Street.

Martinez was fatally shot in the chest.

Rosario, who lived a block away from the victim, is at Lancaster County Prison without bail. He is presumed innocent.

Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson presented testimony from Officers J. Hatfield and Benjamin Detwiler and Detective Toby Hickey during the hour-long hearing.

A juvenile, outside at the time of the shooting, witnessed what happened.

Responding officers found Martinez wounded just inside his home. Rosario also was there, kneeling over Martinez, who stumbled inside after being shot.

Rosario’s formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Detective Hickey filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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