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Montgomery County Teen Ordered to Stand Trial in Slaying of Cyclist

August 30, 1991

BUCKTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A Montgomery County man has been ordered to stand trial in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy who had been riding a dirt bike on a country road.

District Justice Robert Mull on Wednesday ordered Fernando Garcia, 19, of Harleysville, tried on criminal homicide charges in the slaying of Thomas Adam Mumma on an unpaved road in Chester County. The boy was shot in the back.

Mumma had just dropped a birthday gift at a friend’s house and was heading home when he was shot Aug. 14.

A formal arraignment was set for Sept. 13. Garcia remains jailed in Chester County in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Police said Garcia was with some friends in a car that had to swerve to miss Mumma, who was crossing the road near St. Peter’s Village.

A teen in the car, Rebecca Mack, 17, testified that after the near collision, the car stopped and backed up. She said Mumma also stopped, but the boy rode off in the opposite direction, when the driver, Leonard Frederick, bumped his bike.

She said Garcia then got out of the car and she heard a gunshot. Miss Mack said Garcia told his friends, ″I shot him.″

Jacqueline Carroll, Chester County assistant district attorney, said she would seek life in prison for Garcia, rather than the death penalty.

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