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January 13, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jury deliberations will resume Monday in the murder and conspiracy trial of Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, accused of fatally attacking an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of his father's SUV. The Common Pleas Court jurors deliberated for less than an hour Friday after closing arguments in the case. On the evening of April 8, 2010, Shaffer grabbed Mark Wallace in a bear hug, and the two fell on the street at Knights and Fairdale Roads in the Northeast, police reports show.
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May 12, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Moments after dragging Mark Wallace, unconscious and badly beaten, to the curb off busy Knights Road, Philadelphia firefighter Gerard Shaffer had a warning for the people gathering at the scene that April evening. "Nobody seen anything," he called out, loud enough that even some motorists inside cars heard him. The bystanders did not listen. On Wednesday, four of them told a Philadelphia judge how Shaffer, 47, and his son, Gerard Shaffer Jr., 21, pummeled the drunken Wallace for walking in front of their SUV. Wallace, 54, of Northeast Philadelphia, died April 20 of massive brain injuries, almost two weeks after the beating.
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January 8, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for a Northeast Philadelphia man - charged with the 2010 road-rage killing of a pedestrian who was slow crossing the street in front of his father's SUV - told a Philadelphia jury today the death was an accident Gerald Shaffer Jr. tried to prevent. Defense attorney Coley O. Reynolds said the mortal injuries that killed 54-year-old Mark Wallace occurred when Shaffer, 23, tried to break up a fight between Wallace and Shaffer's father, Gerard "Gerry" Sr., a Philadelphia firefighter.
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May 12, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com215-854-5949
A Northeast Philadelphia former firefighter and his adult son were ordered to stand trial this morning for the "road rage" beating death of a man last month. Gerard M. Shaffer, 47, who retired before being fired from the Philadelphia Fire Department, and his son, Gerard Jr., 21, were each held on counts of third-degree murder and conspiracy in the beating death of Mark Wallace . Wallace, 54, was beaten and fractured his skull after being attacked at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in the Northeast on April 8. He died April 20. The prosecutor and witnesses at this morning's preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, said the fight between the Shaffers and Wallace began when Wallace walked in front of the SUV being driven by the father.
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January 16, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GERARD SHAFFER JR. cried enough tears to douse a small fire Monday after a Philadelphia jury rejected a third-degree-murder charge against him and instead convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser crime. Shaffer, 23, who aspired to be a city firefighter like his late father, Gerard Sr., could face three to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced March 8 by Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Shaffer was tried for the April 2010 death of pedestrian Mark Wallace, 54, who slipped into a coma and succumbed to head injuries from a street fight with Shaffer and his father, who also was charged but died of a heart attack in December 2011.
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January 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...
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January 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the MySpace social media site he once called himself a "thug bear" and used "gangsta" slang to boast how tough he was. But Thursday Gerard Shaffer Jr. could barely stop crying long enough to choke out his effort to convince a Philadelphia jury that he and his firefighter father did not murder an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of their SUV. Shaffer, 23, spent an hour testifying before the Common Pleas Court jury, maintaining...
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April 23, 2010 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former city firefighter and his son were charged with murder Thursday in the beating death of a 54-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man who walked in front of their car, sparking a road-rage fight. Gerard Shaffer, 47, and his 21-year-old son, also named Gerard, were charged Monday with aggravated assault, the day before Mark Wallace died from his injuries. The elder Shaffer, a 23-year veteran of the Fire Department, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss. The fight happened April 8 at Knights and Fairdale Roads in the Northeast.
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March 29, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GERARD SHAFFER JR., who once aspired to be a Philadelphia firefighter just like his dad, was sentenced to jail Wednesday for killing a man during a 2010 road-rage incident. Before being sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail, Shaffer, 24, cried and apologized to the victim's family. They responded by calling him a "crybaby" and an unrepentant "punk" who acted like a "badass" on his MySpace page even after the killing. Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., were in an SUV at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in Northeast Philadelphia on April 8, 2010, when they thought the victim, Mark Wallace, was crossing too slowly in front of them.
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March 29, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GERARD SHAFFER JR., who once aspired to be a Philadelphia firefighter just like his dad, was sentenced to jail Wednesday for killing a man during a 2010 road-rage incident. Before being sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail, Shaffer, 24, cried and apologized to the victim's family. They responded by calling him a "crybaby" and an unrepentant "punk" who acted like a "badass" on his MySpace page even after the killing. Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., were in an SUV at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in Northeast Philadelphia on April 8, 2010, when they thought the victim, Mark Wallace, was crossing too slowly in front of them.
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March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
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March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sobbing as he did throughout the trial, a Northeast Philadelphia man was sentenced Wednesday to 111/2 to 23 months in prison for the 2010 road-rage death of a pedestrian he and his father beat for crossing too slowly in front of their idling SUV. "Can I say goodbye to my mom?" Gerard Shaffer Jr., 24, called out to Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom as sheriff's deputies moved to take him into custody. "Turn around to say goodbye," Ransom said. Shaffer, tears running down his cheeks, arms out at his sides, waved his hands inward as his mother, Mary Beth Shaffer, stood and started walking toward him. "That's not allowed," one deputy said, and Shaffer was hustled out of court, mouthing, "I love you," to his crying mother.
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January 16, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GERARD SHAFFER JR. cried enough tears to douse a small fire Monday after a Philadelphia jury rejected a third-degree-murder charge against him and instead convicted him of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser crime. Shaffer, 23, who aspired to be a city firefighter like his late father, Gerard Sr., could face three to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced March 8 by Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Shaffer was tried for the April 2010 death of pedestrian Mark Wallace, 54, who slipped into a coma and succumbed to head injuries from a street fight with Shaffer and his father, who also was charged but died of a heart attack in December 2011.
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January 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man accused of the road-rage killing of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter. Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, had been charged with third-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years, but a Common Pleas Court jury decided that he did not intend to cause serious bodily injury in the April 8, 2010, death of Mark Wallace, 54. Shaffer, who now faces a maximum of five years in prison, is...
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January 13, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jury deliberations will resume Monday in the murder and conspiracy trial of Gerard Shaffer Jr., 23, accused of fatally attacking an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of his father's SUV. The Common Pleas Court jurors deliberated for less than an hour Friday after closing arguments in the case. On the evening of April 8, 2010, Shaffer grabbed Mark Wallace in a bear hug, and the two fell on the street at Knights and Fairdale Roads in the Northeast, police reports show.
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January 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the MySpace social-media site, he once called himself a "thug bear" and used gangsta slang to boast how tough he was. But on Thursday, Gerard Shaffer Jr. could barely stop crying long enough to choke out his effort to convince a Philadelphia jury that he and his firefighter father did not murder an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of their SUV. Shaffer, 23, spent an hour testifying before the Common Pleas Court jury,...
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January 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the MySpace social media site he once called himself a "thug bear" and used "gangsta" slang to boast how tough he was. But Thursday Gerard Shaffer Jr. could barely stop crying long enough to choke out his effort to convince a Philadelphia jury that he and his firefighter father did not murder an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of their SUV. Shaffer, 23, spent an hour testifying before the Common Pleas Court jury, maintaining...
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January 10, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like his father and namesake, Gerard "Little Gerry" Shaffer wanted to be a Philadelphia firefighter. And as father and son drove home on the evening of April 8, 2010, they planned to do the paperwork. Their trip was interrupted by a killing in which, authorities say, Shaffer followed his father's lead in another way: beating and fatally injuring an intoxicated pedestrian who walked too slowly in front of "Big Gerry" Shaffer's stopped SUV. "He wanted to be a tough guy," said Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim, pointing to Shaffer Jr. during his opening statement Tuesday to a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury.
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