Trial opens for man in church shooting death

NORRISTOWN (AP) — Trial has begun for a man charged in the shooting death of a fellow churchgoer during Sunday services in a suburban Philadelphia church.

Mark Storms is charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangering in the April death of Robert Braxton III in North Wales.

Investigators said Braxton became disruptive and Storms ordered him to leave, showing him a concealed weapons permit and a handgun. They said Braxton punched Storms and was then shot twice.

Pottstown’s The Mercury newspaper reported prosecutor Kristen Feden said during opening statements Monday church is “a place where people are supposed to go when they need wisdom, guidance, comfort.”

Defense attorney Vincent DiFabio said his client was legally carrying his weapon “as he does when he goes anywhere.”