Archive for Friday, March 9, 2007

Coroner: Boy killed self with senator’s handgun

March 9, 2007

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— A teenager who was found dead with a state senator's gun by his side committed suicide, according to a county coroner who recommended Thursday that no charges be filed over the death but left open the possibility of lesser charges.

Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha's decision came after an inquest last month into the death of Louis Farrell, 14, whose body was found last summer in woods behind his home and the home of his neighbor, state Sen. Robert Regola.

The senator's handgun was found beside his body.

Regola has said neither he nor his son, Bobby, 16, had anything to do with the shooting. The senator was in Harrisburg at the time, and Louis, a neighbor and friend of Bobby's, had a key to the house because he was watching the family dogs while Regola was away.

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