Wife of slain hunter: He taught me everything
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - January 31, 2011 (WPVI) -- The man who is accused of shooting a deer hunter in Bucks County waived his preliminary hearing on Monday morning.
David Manilla has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and firearms violations for the shooting back in November near Quakertown.
Manilla is accused in the killing of 52-year-old Barry Groh. His widow was also in court and told reporters she misses her husband.
"He taught me and the boys everything we knew about fishing. We're going to go fishing this year for trout in honor of my husband," said Theresa Groh. "He taught me everything."
A judge has ordered a freeze on Manilla's assets after the Groh family accused Manilla of trying to hide his assets.
Shortly after the shooting, Manilla reportedly started transferring ownership of properties he owned to members of his immediate family.
He then sold another property for nearly one and a half million dollars, and a sizable portion of which was reportedly paid to Manilla in cash.
Action News tried getting Manila's reaction to the situation, but he refused to comment.
Bucks County Deputy DA Robert James says he's not willing to try Manilla through the media, but...
"We'll let the public draw their own conclusions about where the money is and why he's not exactly following the court's direction in respect to making sure it's all accounted for," James said.
In the end, members of the Groh Family say they simply want justice served for Barry's sake.
"He was a great man, a great father, and he's going to be missed by a lot of people," said Theresa Groh.
Manilla's arraignment has been scheduled for March 4th, but he is expected to be back in court on Friday where he will have to account for the money he is accused of trying to hide.
Prosecutors say the 49-year-old Manilla was cited for shooting a pheasant hunter in 1994 and is banned from hunting with a firearm because of a 1985 felony assault conviction.
"David Manilla thinks he can snub the law, which he has been doing for years and years as a convicted felon," said James.
Manilla remains free on $2 million bail.
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