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Man to stand trial for allegedly shooting former football star

September 24, 1997

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A lawyer for the man accused of shooting former Pittsburgh Steeler Carlton Haselrig said his client acted in self-defense.

William Herring III, 36, of Johnstown, waived his right to testify at his preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Justice Leonard Grecek. Grecek held Herring for trial on charges of aggravated and simple assault and committing a crime with a firearm.

``This is self-defense. Mr. Herring feared for his life,″ Cambria County public defender Michael Filia said after the hearing,

Herring told police he was home Sept. 6 when Haselrig came over to continue an argument from the night before. Herring had helped to move the former football star’s girlfriend.

Police said Herring fired several shots from a .22-caliber handgun at Haselrig. One of the bullets hit the former Pro Bowler in the upper left leg. Haselrig was treated and released from a hospital.

Filia said he hoped to arrange a plea bargain for Herring. The District Attorney’s office would not comment.

Haselrig lives in Johnstown and was a Pro Bowl selection with the Steelers in 1992. He also played for the New York Jets.

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