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70 Year Old Indicted In Shooting Death Of Son's Girlfriend

WEST CARROLLTON--A 70 year old man has been indicted in the shooting death of his son's girlfriend.

Friday, a grand jury indicted Ira Perkins, 70 of west carrollton with 1 count of reckless homicide.

Last Friday, Perkins and his son were arguing when he grabbed a handgun and fired a shot into a nearby stairwell wall.

According to authorities what Perkins didn't realize at the time, is that his son's girlfriend 25 year Brittany Geiger was on the other side of the wall.

The bullet travelled through the wall and struck Geiger in the head, killing her.

Reckless Homicide is a third degree felony which carries a possible three year sentence. This case will face an additional mandatory three years because the defendant used a firearm.

West Carrollton Police Chief Richard Barnhart said, “This certainly was a tragedy in our city, and shows why people are not permitted to discharge firearms within the city. People should always be aware of their surroundings if they are going to handle firearms.”

Prosecutor Heck added, “Gun ownership requires persons to act responsibly and not discharge a deadly weapon so recklessly and without regard for the consequences.”
Perkins remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

He is set to be arraigned on May 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Previous Coverage:

UPDATE: WEST CARROLLTON--Police said a man fired a deadly shot  that killed a young woman.        

Ira Perkins, 70,  was arrested on a charge of  reckless homicide.

Investigators  said  Perkins and his son were  having an  argument in Perkins' Marcy road home, and he shot at the wall to get his son's  attention.
Perkins  told police, he didn't know his son's girlfriend,  Brittany Geiger, 25,  was on the steps,  on the other side of  a thin wall.
The bullet hit  Geiger in the head, neck area.  She was found dead in the home. 

"The wall was probably just two sheets of  dry wall. Drywall does not stop  a bullet ." West Carrollton Police Chief Rick Barnhart said.          

A  neighbor, who doesn't want to be identified,   has lived close to Ira Perkins for years.  
 "Ira wouldn't intentionally do it.  He's a pretty good guy.  He'll do anything for you.  Our thoughts and compassion go to them." The neighbor said. 
 Perkins bond was set at 100,000.  His next court date is May 13. 

Earlier coverage:

WEST CARROLLTON -- A woman was shot dead inside her home late Friday night.
Brittany Geiger, 25,  of 5001 Marcy Road was shot and killed. Police tell us they were called to the home Friday night, about 11:15, on a report of a shooting.  Once inside they found Geiger shot to death.

Police arrested Ira Perkins, 70, for reckless homicide. Police said Perkins is the father of Geiger's boyfriend, and all three lived in the home.

Police said they don't believe the shooting was intentional. Police said the shooting is still under investigation and we will bring you the latest tonight on ABC 22 at 6 p.m.

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