Adams Co. man reaches plea deal in shooting death of girlfriend
ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) -- An Adams County judge has accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect from a man authorities say shot and killed his girlfriend last year, according to the clerk of courts.
Court officials say that plea was accepted on the charge of 2nd degree reckless homicide for 29-year-old Coleman Dybul on Monday.
On March 2, 2013 the Adams County Sheriff's Department says Dybul shot his girlfriend, Toni Voss, with a shotgun in the middle of the night.
Authorities say Dybul told them he was sleeping, when he was startled. They say Dybul said he thought Voss was being attacked and shot her with a gun he kept by his bed.
Court records show Dybul told officers he had served in the Marines and was diagnosed with PTSD.
Records reveal that Dybul said he thought he had to neutralize his target, just like his training. Those records go on to say "Dybul stated, 'honestly it was like being back in Afghanistan, kill or be killed.'"
Court officials say two other drug-related charges were dismissed Monday, but were read-in.
Dybul's attorney, Gary Kryshak,said his client wants to get some treatment and an opportunity to grieve.
The clerk said both the defense and prosecution agreed with the move. Dybul had a trial scheduled in March but court officials say this plea change means a trial will be avoided.
Court officials say at a hearing in May, a judge will determine if Dybul should be institutionalized, or if he should be released with conditions. They say the judge will also determine the length of either one.
Kryshak says a couple of doctors determined Dybul wasn't making his own decision the night of Voss's death, due to Dybul's PTSD.
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