It’s a busy day at the Indiana County courthouse today, with almost one hundred formal arraignments planned for dozens of defendants in criminal cases. Some of them are suspects in multiple crimes - mostly burglaries - and there are many disorderly conduct cases.
One defendant to be arraigned today is 31-year-old Noah Byler of Smicksburg, the Amish man who is charged with the crime “Retail Dealer Required to be Licensed”. The charge is a misdemeanor related to the Shaun Fairman murder case.
Byler sold Fairman the rifle he was carrying in June when Fairman shot and killed his father-in-law. 55-year-old Richard Shotts was killed with a handgun that Fairman was also carrying. Byler, who owns a harness shop along Route 954 in West Mahoning Township, sold the gun on behalf of another person and did not profit from the sale, but he is charged because he sold it from his business location.
Fairman was ordered last month to stand trial for criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, and receiving stolen property. He is scheduled for formal arraignment before Indiana County President Judge William Martin on October 11th.